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Artist: Harry Chapin


Hello Honey, it's me
What did you think when you heard me back on the radio?
What did the kids say when they knew it was their long lost daddy-o?
Remember how we listened to the radio
And I said `That's the place for me'
And how I got the job as an FM Jock the day you married me?
We were two kids and I was was into AM rock
But I just had to run around
It's been eight years since I left you babe
Let me tell you 'bout what's gone down
CHORUS
I am the morning DJ on W*O*L*D
Playing all the hits for you wherever you may be
The bright good-morning voice who's heard but never seen
Feeling all of forty-five going on fifteen
The drinking I did on my last big gig made my voice go low
They said that they liked the younger sound when they let me go
So I drifted on down to Tulsa, Oklahoma to do me a late night talk show
Now I worked my way back home again, via Boise, Idhao
That's how this business goes
CHORUS
I've been making extra money playing high school sock hops
I'm a big time guest MC
You should hear me talking to the little children
And listen what they say to me
Got a spot on the top of my head, begging for a new toupee
And a tire on my gut from sitting on my
But they're never gonna go away
Sometimes I get this crazy dream
That I just drive off in my car
But you can travel on ten thousand miles and still say where you are
I've been thinking that I should quit disk jockeying
And start that record store
Maybe I could settle down if you'ld take me back once more
OK Honey, I see
I guess he's better than me
Sure, Old Girl, I understand
You don't have to worry, I'm such a happy man
W*O*L*D, W*O*L*D, W*O*L, W*O*L, W*O*L*D*D*D
I am the morning DJ on K*H*J
Playing all the hits for you Playing them night and day
The bright good morning voice who's heard but never seen
Feeling all of forty-five, going on fifteen
I am the morning DJ on W*O*L*D
Comments/Interpretations
by David Green on 7/26/2008 6:44am
W*O*L*D -THIS GREAT SONG IS SELDOM HEARD ON THE RADIO.
ITS TOO LONG THE NETWORKS SAY.IT IS A GREAT SONG THOUGH.
LIKE MOST OF HARRYS SONGS IT TELLS A SAD STORY.AND THE REAL SHAME HE'S GONE NOW,
PEOPLE CAN STILL ENJOY LISTENING TO HIS MUSIC THOUGH.
WHICH STATION WAS W*O*L*D OR K*H*J,??
CHECK OUT OTHER SONGS LIKE 'CATS IN THE CRADLE'
MANY OF HIS SONGS WILL BRING A TEAR TO YOUR EYES.
A GREAT SINGER/SONGWRITER
by Craig on 9/8/2008 3:01am
KHJ was an AM/FM station in the L.A. market in the 70's. Songs with a radio reference often had their lyrics changed to plug the local station's call letters. KHJ was especially fond of this tactic -- it's odd that that was left in this transcription of the lyrics. WOLD, on the other hand, is fictional as far as I know -- Chapin was just playing on 'old'.
by Jack Rabbit on 9/13/2008 6:37pm
KHJ Radio in Los Angeles, California broadcasts Spanish-language entertainment programming as La Ranchera. It was also one of America's most formidable Top 40 radio stations in the 1960s and 1970s as 93 KHJ before changing its format in 1980.
by LAURA ANNSFORDE on 10/29/2008 11:15am
THIS SONG HAS BEEN HAUNTING ME FOR YEARS ITS SO GOOD AND SHOULD BE PLAYED MUCH MORE
by R.N on 2/3/2009 2:33am
KHJ...I've never heard of it
is/was it a small Radio station?
by Mark A. on 2/9/2009 11:57am
Not at all! KHJ was HUGE in L.A. in it's day. Many of the biggest DJs got their start there.
by T.S on 4/2/2009 12:58am
Belive theres a WOLD somewhere in Virginia.
by Yep on 7/2/2009 1:17am
There was a W*O*L*D in Virginia.
by Mr Bobo on 9/10/2009 1:16am
KHJ was 930 on the AM dial. It was and is the legendary "Boss Radio", started in the mid 60's thru the mid 70's. It was THE rock station in LA. It was the starting place for many DJs. KRTH (the FM version and an oldies station) reassembled the "Boss Jocks" in the 90's playing the same music they played 20 years before on "Boss Radio", with the same dialogue, talk about flash backs!
by peter christopher on 12/2/2009 4:46am
This song haunted me since I first heard it (60s?) Just found it in i tunes Better than i remember and yes, there are tears - Outstanding
by Tricia McNicholas on 3/22/2010 4:16am
This is a really moving song which seems to be having a renaissance in England & is especially being played a lot on BBC radio 2.
by kev-uk on 5/1/2010 2:52pm
OMG, I was just reading these lyrics and Radio Caroline played it (as they often do). A great song (like cats in the cradle).
by proinsias on 5/4/2010 12:31pm
I remember this song when it was a hit in 1974 (in Ireland).
The songs brings tears to my eyes, because it's about a guy who realises his life's dream to be a DJ and loses everything in his life in the process....all due to the governing force of ambition. He can't seem to cast away his troubles and perhaps one of the most revealing lines about his troubled mind set is "sometimes I get this crazy dream I just take off in my car, but you can travel on 10,000 miles and still stay where you are".
by homer on 7/11/2010 12:02am
The lyrics left out the best line from the copy I have, on second
pass he mentions that he gotta watch out for his voice going low because it will turn the little girls on.
by Carla on 9/5/2010 2:52pm
I adore this song...Harry Chapin, a life cut short, what an amazing man.
by Shook his hand, for a dollar to WHY on 9/28/2010 12:31pm
People say, 'Oh, Harry Chapin, I like him, he did Cats in the Cradle and Taxi", and I have to remind them, Harry was a brilliant artist, but those aren't even his best stories/songs. This is among them
by md on 10/12/2010 10:36am
I think in cocncert he would substitue a local radio station call letters.

Like, say NY...WABC...
by PATCHES53 on 10/14/2010 8:10pm
I bought and really liked this song when it first came out. I DJd at the time on my RAF base and I thought "Yeah, this is what I want to be when I leave the RAF, 'a DJ on the radio".
Sadly the lyrics of this song are just like my own experience. Years later my wife and I split up & divorced because I did get a job in radio on our local radio station - only I was the night time DJ.
by Disco James on 10/17/2010 8:04pm
I know that there was definitely a station with the call sign WOLD when this song was first released. It was a small, mom and pop station in the Eastern United States if I recall correctly (thank you, Casey Kasem). The station "WOLD" was clearly deliberate. "OLD" was the connotation for an aging DJ who had seen better (and more popular) days. I read somewhere that Harry Chapin was killed in an auto accident on his way to perform somewhere. The details of the accident were never really known, although Chapin was reputedly a notoriously poor driver.
by Former DJ on 3/31/2011 8:49pm
This transcript was from his live album "Greatest Stories Live". That must have been recorded where KHJ sponsored the show. In the original version the chorus never changes. When I was a DJ in my early 20's this song use to scare me as a sad look into my future, but I loved the song and I still do. I knew some of those people who never hit the big time and were still big fish in small ponds well past the time they were ever going to get that big gig they always thought was coming. I got out of the business in my mid 20's, but this song still makes me shiver when I hear it.
by LostFan4815162342 on 4/9/2011 9:45pm
You're music has inspired me . Thank -you Harry Chapin!!
by A Chapin Fan on 7/21/2011 1:29pm
Comment on Harry using local radio station call letters at a concert during the last verse is also what I remember, e.g. WIXY in Cleveland.
by Late-night Irish on 9/28/2011 6:47pm
Truly a blessed Bard.
I've loved this and 'Cat's in the Cradle' for many years.
"Feeling all of 45, going on 15".
R.I.P. Harry Chapin.
by Marion on 2/19/2012 12:15pm
Heard Taxi on WILK FM 103.1 Wilkes-Barre, PA last night and suddenly I was 16 again. It's a shame the kids today don't know much about Harry Chapin because his songs are so long but great. HarryChapinFoundation.org has an actual online radio station and hotline where you can call and share memories. It's worth visiting the site.
by Al Neri on 11/9/2012 11:22am
Great song about the dangers of losing your way on life, regardless of your profession.

I was taken back by the fact he died driving a VW Rabbit. He lived modestly and gave away much of his money.
by nigel everton on 10/18/2013 11:50am
great timeless classic. sounds as good today as it did the first time I heard it back in '74.
by Bob on 12/28/2013 9:25am
He died on the Long Island Expressway in an accident resulting from a heart attack.
I saw him 4 times the previous year.
Many of his concerts were performed free of charge (by him) with the admittance fee to go to the sponsoring non-profit organization.
by DJ Nemo on 1/29/2014 3:50pm
I was the morning DJ , "sign-on" man on a small "MOR" (middle of the road) AM station in the Midwest in the early 1970's. I left when they wanted to put me in the "rock jock" spot, and i realized that it wasn't fit work for a grownup. This song has always haunted me with it's perceptiveness and honesty.
by Jim krikorian on 4/23/2014 8:14am
Such a great song.I saw him in Providence, RI and at the end he said" W P R O o o o o Playing all the hits for you--you know where you can go."It got a big laugh.His band was snowed in some place that night and he had to do the show by himself and was just fabulous.
by 20-20 News on 5/16/2014 6:09am
Haunting lyrics for anyone who ever sat behind a mike. I had a wonderfully talented friend who got lost in being a top jock in a medium market. He eventually drifted from station to station and died alone and way too young as a result of his drinking. RIP pal.


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