The track rocked the airwaves in 1978. “Tulsa Time” changed everything, it is far different from Williams’ other utmost and smooth hits. It has a different sound with a mixture of little rockin’, movin’, and groovin’. In addition, we are used to hearing the “Gentle Giant” Don Williams singing in a soft-toned voice with mellow harmony. Nevertheless, it’s still sounded good.
We are going through rough times. There are days we feel exhausted and sometimes we need to unwind. And if you think you’re already sinkin’ then sometimes it’s good to go back a little. Don Williams “Tulsa Time” will help you unbend.
It’s All ‘Bout…
The lyrics and the song is simply a story of how it is living in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Basically, someone missing his hometown and wishing to go back.
“Tulsa Time” was written by Danny Flowers. It was released in 1978 from Williams’ album “Expressions”. There are ample of hits that Don William’s had documented as No.1 on country charts. And “Tulsa Time” was his eight No.1 on the country chart. It spent a week on the chart and eleven weeks on top 40.
I left Oklahoma, drivin’ in a Pontiac
Just about to lose my mind
I was goin’ to Arizona
Maybe on to California
Where the people all live so fine.
My baby said, I’z crazy
My mama called me lazy
I was gonna show ’em all this time
‘Cause you know I ain’t no fool
And I don’t need no more schoolin’
I was born to just walk the line.
Livin’ on Tulsa time
Well, you’ll know I been through it
When I set my watch back to it
Livin’ on Tulsa Time.
Well, there I was in Hollywood
Wishin’ I was doin’ good
Talkin’ on the telephone line
But they don’t need me in the movies
And nobody sings my songs
Guess, I’m just a wastin’ time.
Well, then I got to thinkin’
Man I’m really sinkin’
An I really had a flash this time
I had no business leavin’
An nobody would be grievin’
If I just went on back to Tulsa time.
The track is one of William’s songs that was covered a few times. Most notably by Eric Clapton. He recorded his own version in 1978 from his album “Backless”. On the other hand, Clapton recorded a live version of his album “Just One Night” and it became N0.30 on Billboard in 1980.
Moreover, Reba McEntire recorded her rendition in 1995 for her album “Starting Over”. But due to uncertainties, the song was not included on the final release. It is, later, included on her album “Comfort From A Country Quilt” in 1999.
In 2010, Jason Boland and the Stragglers, recorded “Tulsa Time” for their live album “High In The Rockies”.
Few months after Williams’ death, Brothers Osborne sang the song to commemorate him during the 51st Annual Country Music Association Awards on November 8, 2017.
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[…] Flowers wrote the words and lyrics of “Tulsa Time.” Don Williams recorded and released the song in October 1978. It was part of his album […]