Track of the Day: 'Galveston' by Glen Campbell

Editor’s Note: This article previously appeared in a different format as part of The Atlantic’s Notes section, retired in 2021.

A song of longing from a reader in D.C., David:

“Galveston” is another in a line of lush, cinematic songs by songwriter Jimmy Webb. The original, iconic version by Glen Campbell was released during the Vietnam War, but the last few years make lines like “I clean my gun and dream of Galveston” as topical as you can get. Here’s the original version [above], as well as a cover by David Nail and Lee Ann Womack (the female harmony adds depth to the longing and fear of a young man at war).

Update from a reliable reader, Mike Kludt:

Speaking of Glen Campbell, “By the Time I Get to Phoenix” has three places by itself. He also had “Wichita Lineman,” and I suppose you could count “Southern Nights” as a song about a place. The man was (is) an immense talent.

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