Operator, excuse me please But this is more than an emergency Take those phones off-a your ears 'Cause this is only for my baby to hear
It's funny, I was listening to Jim Croce's "Operator" yesterday and thinking about this thread. Pretty much any old school song that talks about making a phone call fits here, including but not limited to:
Midnight Star -- Operator New Edition -- Mr. Telephone Man The Boys -- Dial My Heart Sugar Ray -- Answer The Phone
Post by Michael1973 on May 1, 2021 21:04:30 GMT -5
Stevie Wonder in Part-Time Lover:
"And then a man called our exchange..."
First off, I'd wager that the use of the word "exchange" in that context was long outdated even when the song was recorded. Also, the idea of a married couple sharing a phone number gets more and more foreign with each passing year.
Speaking of hot lines and phone exchanges, Pink's 2001-02 hit "Get the Party Started" says "I'm your operator, you can call anytime, I'll be your connection to the party line". Here it's actually meant just as "let's go out and party!", but it alludes to telephone party lines in which several people shared a line and could join in after calling and being connected by the operator were once a common thing.
But those disappeared decades ago; I've never used an actual telephone party line and I don't think Pink (who was born in 1979, and so is four years younger than me) has either.
Do any counties still have telephone linemen? And with cell phones, land line phone service is slowly going away.
Nowadays telephone lines are underground - and digitally?
Still plenty of above-ground phone lines in rural area. Many rural roads still have telephone poles and lines running alongside. Nowadays the 'wires' are probably fiber optic cables, but they're still there.