Comment by BeatleBob on April 13, 2014 at 10:55am

I Really Loved Jim Croce!
The lyrics and melody are beautiful and will remain timeless!! A Great "Love Lost" song that many people can relate to. Thanks for posting this Anthony!! Love this Song!!  :-)

Comment by Anthony Cappucci on April 13, 2014 at 4:05pm

I saw a special about him. He wrote the song while he was in the Army.  They used to have to stand in line to use the phone.  It's about a Dear John phone call that he overheard.  Girls leaving their boyfriends, when they join the service.

Comment by BeatleBob on April 14, 2014 at 11:30am

Very Interesting. I didn't know that. Thanks for letting us know! It inspired me to look further into this. And this is what I found:

The story was inspired during Jim Croce's military service, where he saw lines of soldiers waiting to use the outdoor phone on base, many of them calling their wife or girlfriend to see if their Dear John letter was true.

I looked over the Lyrics again and it all makes sense! Thanks Anthony!! :-)

Operator, well could you help me place this call
See, the number on the match book is old and faded
She's living in L.A
With my best old ex-friend Ray
A guy she said she knew well and sometimes hated

But isn't that the way they say it goes
Well let's forget all that
And give me the number if you can find it
So I can call just to tell 'em I'm fine, and to show
I've overcome the blow
I've learned to take it well
I only wish my words
Could just convince myself
That it just wasn't real
But that's not the way it feels

Operator, well could you help me place this call
'Cause I can't read the number that you just gave me
There's something in my eyes
You know it happens every time
I think about the love that I thought would save me

But isn't that the way they say it goes
Well let's forget all that
And give me the number if you can find it
So I can call just to tell 'em I'm fine, and to show
I've overcome the blow
I've learned to take it well
I only wish my words
Could just convince myself
That it just wasn't real
But that's not the way it feels
No, no, no, no
That's not the way it feels

Operator, well let's forget about this call
There's no one there I really wanted to talk to
Thank you for your time
Ah, you've been so much more then kind
You can keep the dime

But isn't that the way they say it goes
Well let's forget all that
And give me the number if you can find it
So I can call just to tell 'em I'm fine, and to show
I've overcome the blow
I've learned to take it well
I only wish my words
Could just convince myself
That it just wasn't real
But that's not the way it feels.

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