Twenty-Four Hours From Tulsa

Album: Blue Jean (1964)
Charted: 5 17
  • Dearest darling I had to write to say that I won't be home anymore
    'Cause something happened to me while I was driving home
    And I'm not the same anymore
    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 motel 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?
    And I can never, never, never go home again Writer/s: HAL DAVID, BURT BACHARACH
    Publisher: Warner Chappell Music, Inc.
    Lyrics licensed and provided by LyricFind

Comments: 3

  • Babbling Babette from Tulsa OkGrowing up in the Sixties, I was a big Gene Pitney fan. Loved all his work & this hit in particular. I even recall the first time I heard it in fall of '63. I was in a school bus hauling the marching band of my high school to a football game in the Tulsa, OK. suburbs. We were going to the Skiatook High School stadium. Then this song came on from a Tulsa AM rock station. Me & my friends loved the arrangement & production. It almost sounded like a Phil Spector production, but I don't think it was. The message in the song was so bizarre for a love song. Betrayal? Infidelity? Ooooo! And that jukebox. In Oklahoma at the time, I recall it was a Top Ten hit on my fav AM rock station, but I see that here it shows Billboard had it peak at #17. I think it was worthy of Top 3 back when I was a kid in '63 and I still do now. But I'm now babbling.....
  • Steve Dotstar from Los Angeles, CaI think Burt was influenced heavily by Leonard Bernstein's 2 notes on Somewhere from West Side Story, or perhaps, more likely, it was Leiber and Stoller's production of Jay and the Americans Come an Little Bit Closer arrangement... whatever the inspiration was, I love his twist on that riff, dragging it out and making it so dramatic in the opening, and then using it as an ostinato thruout the song!...brilliant.
    The riff was used again a year later on Billy Joe Royal's "Down in the Boondocks"
  • Bob from Southfield, MiI love this song (and anything else by Gene Pitney) but whenever I hear it, I think "this guy just cheated on his girlfriend, is leaving her to run away with this new love, and he is playing the victim? What's up with that?
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