As always, Dolly Parton blew us away with her fun and upbeat performance on the Ronnie Prophet Show! She never lets us down!
On February 6, 1971, Dolly Parton's song "Joshua" hit #1 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart. This was her first single to hit #1, and it is fantastic! The song was released in 1970 off of her album with the same title, Joshua.
The song tells a story of an adventurous young girl who travels along the railroad track to see a man who lives in solitude. People in the town tell her not to go because the man has a reputation for being mean and vicious, but the young girl goes anyway. When she stepped on his land she was surprised by the biggest man she had ever seen with a deep voice to match. For some reason she wasn't frightened by this man (named Joshua) and he could see that, so he invited her inside. The two instantly connected, and the rest was history! The adventurous girl and Joshua fell in love and lived happily ever after in their little shack down the railroad.
What a beautiful story, Dolly! The message of this story is clear as day: don't judge a book by its cover. We can all agree that sometimes we need a reminder of this message, and Dolly tells it beautifully.
Check out the video to see Dolly Parton's live performance of "Josuha" and you won't be let down!
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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