Paddy McAloon sings here about meeting songwriting legend Jimmy Webb
. He told Mojo
November 2013: "I met him on a TV show in the early '90s in Dublin. I wouldn't have the nerve to do it now...it's a vague chronology of that day, more of a fan letter, if my 11-year-old self had been able to write one to Jimmy Webb."
McAloon added: "'Wichita Lineman
' is embedded in a strange school memory of having to go on a cross country run and passing this pub, hearing it on the radio and it doing something, like a chemical shift. That was the beginning, yeah."