When you hear the name Dolly Parton in the year 2016, you think of her flashy outfits, big hair, and legendary five-decade spanning career.
In 1967, when you heard the name Dolly Parton, you think of the nice young girl who appears with Porter Wagoner. By 1971, Parton was making a name for herself as a solo artist.
Although Parton had released several solo albums prior to 1971, she really rose to fame when her album Joshua debuted due to the success of the title track.
The song "Joshua" was Parton's first No. 1 song on the Billboard country charts and paved the way for her to become the legendary singer she is today.
Parton sings about an adventurous young girl who dares to visit a "rundown shack" in her small hometown where a mean man lives. She had heard many stories about him and his property and wanted to see for herself if everything was true.
She and the man, Joshua, began talking and became extremely close. He had no one to share his life with and neither did she. They talked for hours and hours and "couldn't help but fall in love."
Parton's performance of this upbeat tune really shows off her bubbly personality. She even included her signature high-pitched laugh in the middle of the song. No wonder the world fell in love with her!
Watch her perform "Joshua" below.
Well a good ways down the railroad track
There was this little old rundown shack
And in it lived a man I'd never seen
Folks said he was a mean and a vicious man
And you better not set foot on his land
I didn't think nobody could be that mean
So I took me out walking down the railroad track
I was a-gonna go down to that little old shack
And just find out if all them things I'd heard was true
There was a big black dog laying out in the yard
And it growled at me and I swallowed hard
And I heard somebody say well who are you
Oh and there he stood in the door of that shack
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 doing snooping 'round my place
And 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 you up a chair
You might as well since you already here
And he said you can call me Joshua
Whatcha doing living here all alone
Ain't you got nobody to call your own
No no no no
We talked 'til the sun was clean out of sight
And we still talking when it come daylight
And there was just so much we had to say hey
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
Oh we grew closer as time went on
And that little old shack it was a happy home
And we just couldn't help but fall in love
That big black dog and that little old shack
Sitting down by the railroad track
It's plenty good enough for me and Joshua
Why you're just what I've been looking for
You ain't gonna be lonesome anymore
Me and Joshua
Me and Joshua
Me and Joshua yeah yeah
Me and Joshua
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