Lyrics for 24 Hours From Tulsa.

Burt Bacharach and Hal David

Dearest darlin I had to write to say that I won't be home anymore,
cos somethin happend to me while I was driving home,
and I'm not the same anymore,

Oh I was only 24 hours from Tulsa,
ah only one day away from your arms,

I saw a welcoming light and stopped to rest for the night,
and that is when I saw her,
as I pulled in outside of a small motel,
she was there and so I walked up to her,
asked where I could get something to eat and she showed me where,

Oh I was only 24 hours from Tulsa,
ah only one day away from your arms,

She took me to a cafe I asked her if she would stay,
She said okay,

Oh I was only 24 hours from Tulsa,
ah only one day away from your arms,

Oh the jukebox started to play,
and nightime turned into day as we were dancing closely,
all of a sudden I lost control as I held her charms,
and I caressed her, kissed her,
told her I'd die before I let her out of my arms,

Oh I was only 24 hours from Tulsa,
ah only one day away from your arms,

I hate to do this to you,
but I love somebody new,
what can I do,
and I can never never never go home again,

Facts

This was a hit for Gene Pitney.
Although The Honeycombs never recorded it, they did perform it on the Big Beat tour in 1964.
An article in NME lists the songs played on one of the gigs and it is unusual because about half the songs they played are not on the album they were promoting. I asked Martin Murray about this and he explained that some of the band didn't really like the songs and preferred to play these covers instead.
Despite this reluctance to promote their own songs the album did sell well, but might it have done even better if they had given it more support themselves? We will never know for sure but I suspect that it would.