Song Lyric Sunday (Part 2): “Twenty-Four Hours From Tulsa”

So, after my latest Song Lyric Sunday entry was posted, I open Inoreader and there, staring me right in the face, is a nearly identical post (okay, it used the same song) by Fandango, and who knows how many there’ll be by the end of the day? So I decided I’d do another, because I thought of another and I don’t think many others will come up with it.

From Wikipedia:

“Twenty Four Hours from Tulsa” is a song written by Burt Bacharach and Hal David, about a traveling man who detours to a romance in a motel and ends up never returning home, which was a hit for Gene Pitney. Its success in the UK, peaking at #5, enabled Pitney to become an international star. In the US, Pitney peaked at #17 on the 7 December 1963 Hot 100 and #2 on the 6 December 1963 WLS Silver Dollar Survey.

Burt Bacharach and Hal David wrote some of the greatest songs starting in the 1950’s, and here they try a little country.

Lyrics courtesy AZLyrics:

Dearest darling
I had to write to say that I won’t be home any more
For something happened to me
While I was driving home and I’m not the same any more

Oh, I was only twenty four hours from Tulsa
Ah, only one day away from your arms
I saw a welcoming light
And stopped to rest for the night

And that is when I saw her
As I pulled in outside of the small hotel she was there
And so I walked up to her
Asked where I could get something to eat and she showed me where

Oh, I was only twenty four hours from Tulsa
Ah, only one day away from your arms
She took me to the café
I asked her if she would stay
She said, “Okay”

Oh, I was only twenty four hours from Tulsa
Ah, only one day away from your arms
The jukebox started to play
And night time turned into day

As we were dancing closely
All of a sudden I lost control as I held her charms
And I caressed her, kissed her
Told her I’d die before I would let her out of my arms

Oh, I was only twenty four hours from Tulsa
Ah, only one day away from your arms
I hate to do this to you
But I love somebody new
What can I do
When I can never, never, never go home again?

And that’s Song Lyric Sunday (Part 2) for March 24, 2019.

23 thoughts on “Song Lyric Sunday (Part 2): “Twenty-Four Hours From Tulsa”

  1. I love this song every which way: 1)the lyrics by Bacharach & David — these guys were an unstoppable writing duo — so many hits by so many singers!; 2) Gene Pitney — you can’t beat this guy’s voice; he brings the lyrics to life; 3) the melody and the instrumental accompaniment. Wonderful choice for the prompt, John.


        1. I did a series on my Two for Tuesday feature about the various songwriting teams, going all the way back to the Gershwins. There is more great music than hours to listen to it in one lifetime…

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  2. Well John I do love this song. I very nearly did it as it is a favourite of mine too. I saw Gene Pitney at top of the pops I stood right next to him while he sang this song 💜💜


    1. Bacharach and David wrote so many songs together that I don’t know if any one individual has ever heard them all, or at least know that they wrote it. Same way with Gerry Goffin and Carole King.


  3. Never heard this song before. Seems a bit blasphemous, when I consider that he was born & raised within 1/2 hour from my home! The music sounds to me like a speeded up “Under the Boardwalk”. I like it , though


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