In the late spring of about the year 1962, I found myself on my way to Phoenix, to start a new life. While stopping off to relax in a famous, Irish-coffee house near San Francisco's Fisherman's Wharf, I found a place to sit, across a small table from an accomodating gentleman who claimed to be a songwriter.
Lamenting the act of having just left the most important person in my life---my mother---I couldn't help but tell that gentleman my sad story in song. And the song, "By The Time I Get To Phoenix" was born---lyrics and melody composed, right there, on the spot. The young, and now legendary, Glen Campbell, acquired my song sometime later---possibly years later---without my knowing about it, and one of the greatest hits of the 1960s and 70s was thereby recorded and released. Today, with the release of my first album, I am dedicating my song, "By The Time I Get To Phoenix", to my now-deceased mother, the late, Mrs. Erin Lercara.
~ Roger Smith (The Idaho Kid)
By the Time I Get to Phoenix