OK, here’s my chance to add some youtubes to the post! Melody is one of the driving forces in a song, and a good (or bad) melody can make or break it. Reaching into the membanks for a gorgeous melody, this song came to mind. Before I get to the music, a thought on the lyrics. There’s a complete story here. One of love at first sight? Impulsiveness? Someone looking for a reason not to go home? We will never know beyond what our perceptions fill the blanks in with.
I also included my two favorite versions, one by a woman and one by a man. Gene Pitney is said to have been gay. It is unfortunate that he couldn’t have sung it with the pronouns appropriate to him.
Whether it’s a man singing about a woman, a woman singing about a man, or a man singing about a man, one has to refrain from looking beyond the end of the song. The possibility that such an ecstatic chance meeting would ever have a happy ending is dubious, so please just don’t go there. Enjoy it for the work of art and beauty that it is.
I added the Swedish (1969) cover because I liked it and because I love the fact that the title was changed to reflect an actual place in Sweden, Eslov
“Twenty Four Hours from Tulsa” is a song written by Burt Bacharach and Hal David, about a traveling man who detours to a romance in a motel and ends up never returning home, which was a hit for Gene Pitney. Its success in the UK, peaking at #5, enabled Pitney to become an international star. In the US, Pitney peaked at #17 on the 7 December 1963 Hot 100 and #2 on the 6 December 1963 WLS Silver Dollar Survey.
Gene Pitney version:
Dusty Springfield version:
Osten Warnerbring version: