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Glen Campbell - Galveston

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Published on Feb 5, 2012

This song was written by songwriter Jimmy Webb, who also wrote Campbell's hits By the Time I Get to Phoenix and Wichita Lineman. Webb also wrote MacArthur Park, which was a hit for both Richard Harris and Donna Summer, and Up-Up and Away, which was recorded by The 5th Dimension. Jimmy Webb was on a beach in Galveston, Texas when he wrote this Glen Campbell hit. He made up the story about a soldier in the Spanish-American war and the girl he left behind in Galveston.

Lyrics

Galveston, oh Galveston, I still hear your sea winds blowin'
I still see her dark eyes glowin'
She was 21, when I left Galveston

Galveston, oh Galveston, I still hear your sea waves crashing
While I watch the cannons flashing
I clean my gun and dream of Galveston

I still see her standing by the water
Standing there lookin' out to sea
And is she waiting there for me
On the beach where we used to run?

Galveston, oh Galveston, I am so afraid of dying
Before I dry the tears she's crying
Before I watch your sea birds flying in the sun
At Galveston, at Galveston

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