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earlier today as I was thinking about Thanksgiving Day phone calls I might make later on, my thoughts turned to call songs. Songs about making phone calls, about not completing telephone calls, calls about what was said during these calls. then the thinking hit me : would the lyrics of these songs be relevant in nowadays ‘s advance telecommunication world of VoIP, 3G mobile, etc ? After analyzing the lyrics of about 20 of these songs, I ‘ve concluded that while the overarching message- one of significant communication- is dateless, the details about the telephone process in some of these songs have been superseded by advances in engineering and services. therefore lashkar-e-taiba ‘s have some fun by going over some of these songs and see how they fare in the telecommunication world of 2006.

“Hello My Baby “ – think to be the very first telephone song, this actually came out in 1899. One graf of the lyrics said :

“ Ev ’ ry individual good morning you will hear me yell
Hey cardinal, fix me up along the trace
He connects me with my honey and I ring the bell
And this is what I say to my baby mine… ”

Some concern points : the calls have to be routed through a human at a central switchboard, and that board is literally manned by a “ he. ” actually the earliest telephone operators were boys between 10 to 15. And the central switchboard operator has to be addressed in a forte voice to be understand. sometimes, adolescent boys still have to be addressed that way. “Hello Frisco, Hello New York”- This 1915 song actually was written to celebrate the first call call between San Francisco and New York. I wonder how many such calls are completed every day .

“On the Party Line” – besides of 1915 vintage, this song was written about the trials and tribulations of rural telephone service. I do n’t think party lines have been around since the 1980s, but I still know of rural areas that can get dial-up but nothing else. And there are still some very isolate pockets in North America where there is no call military service at all. “Hello Central, Give Me No Man’s Land” – From 1917 this sung was about a little girl trying to call her Daddy who was off fighting in World War I. While she would n’t go through “ cardinal “ today, well, at this very consequence 89 years on, there are, deplorably, hush little girls who miss their Daddies who are off at war. OK, now let us consider some songs about phones that some of you actually remember. “ Wichita Lineman” – well there are still call linemen in Wichita, but not all phone calls in those areas can be heard through the wires within the whine ( except possibly by the NSA ). VoIP and cell calls would be impervious to the hard-working linemen Glen Campbell sang about. “Love On The Telephone”- the Foreigner song finds the singer lament that he ca n’t get his love one to pick up, and all he hears is a busy signal. then he calls the operator to help :

Hello operator
You know that I ‘ve been waitin ‘ on this call
I said, hey, operator
If you ‘re givin ‘ me a bad time
I ‘m gon na tear this call right off the wall

First of wholly, you do n’t talk like that to an hustler. But there ‘s something else. What if this is a VoIP call ? Is there any room for an operator to interrupt ? I do n’t think then. Hmm, another post possibly ? “Hanging On The Telephone” – Offered by Blondie and the Nerves, this song details these emotional points :

I ‘m in the call booth, it ‘s the one across the hallway
If you do n’t answer, I ‘ll fair ring it off the wall
I know he ‘s there, but I barely had to call
Do n’t leave me hanging on the call

In these days when about everyone has a cell, who uses telephone booths anymore ? There are even a few of them around, but except for airports, where are the ones with seats ( as in this birdcall ‘s citation “ in the telephone booth, ” not “ at ? ”

“Memphis”- Sure, you know this one by Chuck Berry, and so competently covered by Johnny Rivers. A Dad tries to get “ long distance information ” to connect him to Memphis “ 411 ” operator. presumably connected, Chuck is trying to furnish the venue of where the person whose number he is trying to determine, lives :

Her home is on the Southside,
High upon a ridge
Just a half a mile
From the Mississippi bridge.

With the last name, it might have been possible when the sung inaugural came out ( 1958 or so ) to get a local anesthetic directory aid operator to be able to pinpoint a issue by those general directions. Yet since most directory aid services are outsourced to remote operators in aloof cities, there is no dispute between “ hanker distance data ” and local directory aid with “ 411 ” operators actually stationed in those cities. adept luck, Chuck. Better you use an on-line overhaul like Switchboard, where you can coordinate phone listings with geographic addresses. “Rocky Top” – One of my favorites. Let ‘s all sing the verse :

wish that I was on Ole Rocky Top ,
down in the Tennessee Hills .
Ain ’ t no smoggy smoke on Rocky Top ,
Ain ’ t no telephone bills .

part of this song calm holds up. The lyrics imply that earphone service is unavailable up on Rocky Top. I ‘m indisputable you can get it now, and the phone company will be happy to poster ya ? But DSL and VoIP ? I ‘m certain they are not available so far. Incidentally, with the increasing acid rain and vent befoulment of the Smoky Mountains in the more than 30 years since this birdcall was written, there is, sadly enough of smoggy smoke up there. “ Operator” – by Jim Croce- He ‘s trying to get the hustler to help him dial a call to his x, who “ is nowadays living in L.A. with a guy named Ray, a guy she said she knew well and sometimes hated. ” He ca n’t dial the numeral for the tears in his eyes. Listen, that solid setting I precisely described still happens. But one line from the song : “ you can keep the dime ” – well, Jimmy died in 1973, when pay phones were a dime bag. now we have cell. Plus I challenge you to name me one place in North America you can make a give phone call for 10 cents. “Here’s A Quarter, Call Someone Who Cares” – The angry early on 1980s area sung by Travis Tritt told his cheatin ‘ antique to stuff it- i.e. 25 cents in the pay telephone slot. When that sung came out, man did I identify with it. The emotions are still relevant but not the deets. same principle- she would credibly use her cell, and it has been at least a ten since there have been 25 cent pay up phone stations. “Telephone Line” – You probably remember the sung by the Electric Light Orchestra. He wants her to pick up the telephone so he can have a conversation and find out where he stands with her. Although that ‘s never happened to me personally ( yea, correct ), a share of the lyrics go :

Ok. So no one’s answering
Well can’t you just let it ring a little longer longer longer oh oh ooohhhhh
I’ll just sit tight through shadows of the night
Let it ring for evermore oh oh ooohhhhh yeah yeah yeah

You mean she doesn’t have voice mail? Well, few people did in the mid 1970s, when this song came out. And not even everyone had an answering machine. And of those who did, they learned how fickle those devices could be. Some still are, actually.  You mean she does n’t have voice mail ? Well, few people did in the mid 1970s, when this song came extinct. And not even everyone had an suffice machine. And of those who did, they learned how fickle those devices could be. Some still are, actually. “Telephone Man” – The late Merilee Wilson ‘s classical is kind of like delicate pornography. specially this verse, where she describes the phone installer ‘s efforts to install extensions throughout her family :

I went to my apartment on a Monday at one
A-singin ’ do ice lolly, ice lolly shicky bum, shicky mooch
Started movin ’ in it on a Tuesday at two
A-singin ’ do boodle, ice lolly shicky do, shicky do
Wednesday at three I called the phone company, singin ’ :
“ Hey baby, put a earphone in for me ”
Thursday at four he came a-knockin ’ at my door, singin ’ :

“ Hey, pamper, I ’ m your call man
You just show me where you want it and I ’ ll put it where I can
I can put it in the bedroom, I can put it in the hall
I can put it in the toilet, I can hang it on the wall
You can have it with a buzz, you can have it with a gang
And if you actually want it you can have a ding-a-ling
Because-a hey baby, I ’ molarity your telephone man ”

Oh, where do I start. Installer comes out in a day ? Yea, you try it. But in these days, if an installer talked to a customer like that, he ‘d be arrested or at least sued for harassment. Plus, possibly what she truly needs is a radio network. I mean that ‘s not all she very needs, but deplorable, ai n’t gon na go there. then there are an entirely different class of phone songs : the ones with emulatable telephone numbers in the claim or lyrics- or the ones that cite actual named call exchanges.

Named call exchanges went out of style 40 years ago but can be heard when oldies radio plays such hits as “ BEechwood 45789 ” by the Marvelettes ; and Chuck Berry/Elvis ‘ classical “ Promised Land. ” When our “ poor boy ” lands at LAX, he places a call thru the operator to “ Tidewater 4-10-09. ” in Norfolk, Va. And as to the songs with emulatable phone numbers- “ 634-5789 ” by Wilson Pickett, or “ 867-5309 ” by Tommy Tutone, all ‘s I can say here is to quote Greg Kihn ‘s bang-up “ Breakup Song, ” where he exclaimed “ they do n’t write ’em like that any more. ” Too many people would try to dial those actual numbers and owners of those numbers would be pissed. Could n’t blame them.
Which begs the question : what about today ‘s telephone ? Will we always see songs about call calling over Vonage or Skype ?