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Saturday, May 25, 2013

"Joshua" by Dolly Parton:

Well a good way's down the railroad track, there was this little ole' run-down shack, and in it lived a man I'd never seen. Folks said "he was a mean and a viscous man, and you better not step foot on his land" but I didn't think nobody could be that mean. So I took me out walkin' down the railroad track, I was gonna go down to that little ol' shack and just find out if all them things I'd heard was true. There was a big black dog a-layin' out in the yard, and it growled at me and I swallowed hard and I heard somebody say "Well, who are you?" Ohhh and there he stood in the door of that shack and his beard and his hair was long and black, and he was the biggest man I'd ever seen. When he spoke his voice was low and deep, but he just didn't frighten me, 'cause somehow I just knew he wasn't mean. He said "What you doin' snoopin' round my place?" then I saw a smile come across his face, so I smiled back and I told him who I was. He said "Come on in and pull ya up a chair (you might as well since you're already here)", and he said "you can call me Joshua". Joshua, Joshua, what you doin' livin' here all alone? Joshua, Joshua, ain't you got nobody to call your own??
We talked 'til the sun was clean outta sight and we're still talkin' when it come daylight, and there was just so much we had to say. Now I'd spent my life in an orphan's home, and just like him I was all alone, so I said "yeah" when he asked if I'd stay. Well we grew closer as time went on, and that little ol' shack it was a happy home, and we just couldn't help but fall in love. That big black dog and that little ol' shack sittin' down by the railroad track it's plenty good enough for me and Joshua. Joshua, Joshua well you're just what I been a-lookin' for. Joshua, Joshua ya ain't gonna be lonesome anymore.

7 comments:

Caffeinated Joe said...

Great song by a great artist.

joe said...

You know it?

Anonymous said...

Don't recall this song, but I remember watching her TV show. I think it was syndicated and it might have run in the early '80s. She'd sit on a swing and sing.

Gotta love Dolly. Great singer and songwriter, and by all accounts a wonderful lady.

joe said...

I think she wrote all of her songs

Caffeinated Joe said...

Yep, I know Joshua, it has been on my iPod for years now. I have a ton of her music. She is a great songwriter, and those are the songs I tend to like the most, I guess.

joe said...

I think my least favorite is "coat of many colors". I get the premise, but still don't care for the song.

Caffeinated Joe said...

Love "Coat". Love tons of her stuff. Some is a little over the top. "Jeannie's Afraid of the Dark" with Porter Wagoner is one of them. Purposefully dark and over the top. Love so many others. She is an amazing songwriter. One not many non fans know of is "Mountain Angel". Love it!