Billy Jonas

Wichita

from Time Has Come (for adult/general audiences)

Pulled out of Minneapolis at eleven o'clock
One eye on the moon and my money in my sock
It's a midnight marathon to San Antonio
Put the pedal to the metal, hope the motor doesn't blow

Big black storm clouds gather in the south
Suckin' up the stars like a thirsty cottonmouth
13 hours, 13 hundred miles of runnin' in the RAIN, AND WICHITA KEEPS ON COMIN'

There's harvest fuzz on the radio, fuzz on my brain,
There's a duster with a fuzz-buster in the next lane;
We're racing, we're pacing, we're shaking the law,
We'll be half way to TEXAS when we get to Wichita
Windshield wipers cut frantic angel wings
I hope the angel's with us, I can barely see a thing
12 more hours, 12 hundred miles of runnin in the RAIN, AND WICHITA KEEPS ON  
COMIN'

  (Chorus)
  WICHITA, WICHITA, whatcha got to say?
  Don't know where I'm going but I'm certainly on my way
  WICHITA, WICHITA, won't you see me home,
  I'm half way there but I'm half way gone

Oh God, I'm tired, I wanna go to sleep
I'm trying every trick ever invented just to keep
CONSCIOUS, doing facial calistenics
If anybody sees they'll think I am an epileptic
"Call a doctor!" "Call a medic!" "Maybe it's an epidemic!"
Hey how do you stay awake at 4 a.m.?
Try the rhythm method — BAM BAM BAM

ALIVE awake ALERT awake ALIVE awake ALERT
It's good if it's engaging, it's better if it hurts;
11 more hours, 11 hundred miles of runnin' in the RAIN AND WICHITA KEEPS ON  
COMIN'

Trickle of light oozing from the muddy yellow clouds
The sky cracks open, for cruing out loud, we're just
Drool on the long black asphalt tongue, see the sleepy creepy crawlers come and creep in the
dawn, count'em:
Car; Car; Car; Carcass
Tokens of transition go for broken in the darkness;
10 hours, 10 hundred miles of runnin' in the RAIN AND WICHITA KEEPS ON COMIN'

  (Chorus)

100 miles to Wichita, I can feel the power,
Put the needle at 100; I'll be there in an hour..
6 minutes later it's 90 miles to Wichita
Put the needle at 90; I'll be there in an hour..
7 minutes later it's 80 miles to Wichita
Put the needle at 80; I'll be there in an hour..
8 minutes later it's 70 miles to Wichita
Put the needle at 70, I'll be there in an hour..
9 minutes later it's 60 miles to Wichita
Put the needle at 60, I'll be there in an hour..
10 minutes later it's 50 miles to Wichita
Put the needle at 50, I'll be there in an hour..
12 minutes later it's 40 miles to Wichita
Put the needle at 40, I'll be there in an hour..
15 minutes later it's 30 miles to Wichita
Put the needle at 30, I'll be there in an hour..
I'LL BE THERE IN AN HOUR!

Credits:

Words & Music by Billy Jonas

1993 Bang-A-Bucket Music, BMI

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updated 5 years ago