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Don Williams - Tulsa Time

The song reached number one on country charts USA, was the eighth number one in the career of Don, also reached number one in singles lists in Canada. Don Williams, nicknamed the gentle giant for his imposing physical stature, stormed the top of charts again and again (17 numbers ones between 1974 and 1986).

Song written by Danny Flowers and recorded by Don Williams, produced by Don Williams & Garth Fundis, was released in October 1978, as the first single of the eighth album of Don, Expressions (ABC Records 1978), the song reached number one on country charts USA, on January 6, 1979, was the eighth number one in the career of Don, also reached number one in singles lists in Canada, and the album got the number two position in the USA and the number one in Canadian charts. Don Williams, nicknamed the gentle giant for his imposing physical stature, stormed the top of charts again and again (17 numbers ones between 1974 and 1986).

 

This song by Don Williams definitely had a different sound, it was perhaps Williams’ most rock performance and one of his best songs.

It was also recorded by Eric Clapton for his 1978 Backless album and a live version of Clapton’s album Just One Night became Billboard’s 30th hit number in 1980.

Some versions :

 

Mack Allen Smith 1980 ( Charlie Records )

Reba McEntire 1999 ( Universal records )

Danny Flowers 1999 ( Dead Reckoning )

Harvey Reid & Joyce Andersen 2007 ( Woodpecker )

Jason Bouland & The stranglers 2010 ( Apex Music )

Billy Ray Cyrus 2017 ( Flatwoods Records )

Miquel Batlle Garriga
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Don Williams – Tulsa Time Lyrics

 

I left Oklahoma, drivin’ in a Pontiac

Just about to lose my mind

I was goin’ to Arizona

Maybe on to California

Where the people all live so fine.

 

My baby said, I’z crazy

My mama called me lazy

I was gonna show ’em all this time

‘Cause you know I ain’t no fool

And I don’t need no more schoolin’

I was born to just walk the line.

 

Livin’ on Tulsa time

Livin’ on Tulsa time

Well, you’ll know I been through it

When I set my watch back to it

Livin’ on Tulsa Time.

 

Well, there I was in Hollywood

Wishin’ I was doin’ good

Talkin’ on the telephone line

But they don’t need me in the movies

And nobody sings my songs

Guess, I’m just a wastin’ time.

 

Well, then I got to thinkin’

Man I’m really sinkin’

An I really had a flash this time

I had no business leavin’

An nobody would be grievin’

If I just went on back to Tulsa time.

 

Livin’ on Tulsa time

Livin’ on Tulsa time

Gonna set my watch back to it

‘Cause you know I been through it

Livin’ on Tulsa time.

 

Livin’ on Tulsa time

Livin’ on Tulsa time

Gonna set my watch back to it

‘Cause you know I been through

Livin’ on Tulsa time.



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