Jim Croce: Operator Meaning
Song Released: 1972
You see the number on the matchbook is old and faded
She’s livin’ in l.a.
With my best old ex-friend ray
A guy she said she knew well and sometimes hated
Isn’t that the way they say it...
1TOP RATED#1 top rated interpretation:anonymous Nov 26th 2005 report
Basically, a guy is trying to call an old flame that screwed him over by cheating with his best friend. He's trying to convince the operator (while she's putting him thru) that he's cool about it but in the course of the discussion it comes out he's not. He thanks the operator for her time and her ear. A very sad song.
anonymous Dec 26th 2018 report
Operator by Jim Croce, nice voice but not nice lyrics. Latest comment, I agree with your first thought. However, I don't agree with your second thought. Listen carefully to the lyrics. Real meaning is seen at wikipedia.
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anonymous Dec 25th 2018 report
It begins with a guy calling the operator, it seems he’s calling to find an old flame. If you listen closely, he gets over that and you realize he is missing his friend... that’s who he wants to connect with.
anonymous Jun 2nd 2018 report
This song started me on my writing career.
anonymous Apr 25th 2012 report
It has nothing to do with drugs at all. The "blow" he's referring to is both the betrayal of his friend and loss of his love.
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