- What is “Joshua” about
- Dolly Parton’s inspiration for the song
- Desh Ki Rani’s first No. 1 hit
Dolly Parton’s first #1 hit, “Joshua,” really set her career in motion. Although the song made its debut in 1971, it’s still a song that audiences want to hear when the queen of the country goes on tour. Here’s the story of how “Joshua” came to be.
What is ‘Joshua’ about
“Joshua” tells the story of a recluse living alone in the mountains. Singer, a young woman who is an orphan, is warned against visiting Joshua’s hut because he is called “a mean and vicious man”. The singer visits Joshua anyway to see what he really is – “I didn’t think no one could mean it.” They talk, “‘Till the sun was clear, and we were still talking in broad daylight,’” and Joshua invites the singer to stay. They eventually stay together and fall in love.
“Joshua, Joshua, why are you the one I was looking for. Joshua, Joshua, you’re not going to be alone anymore.”
The song ends with a famous celebratory yodel by Parton before repeating the last few words: “Me and Joshua.”
Dolly Parton’s inspiration for ‘Joshua’
“I love the story of this song,” wrote Parton in her 2020 book, Dolly Parton, songwriter: My Life in Lyrics. “But I also love its short musical arrangements. The record sounded really cool.”
Growing up in the mountains of East Tennessee, the “Jolene” singer knew few people like Joshua.
“I based the character on two or three mountain men I knew as a child, reclusive people who lived alone in the mountains,” she wrote. “I just built the story around them.”
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Something about “Joshua” has stuck with fans of the “9 to 5” singer all these years. Even today people want to hear the queen of the country singing about the recluse of the mountain. Maybe it’s the impressive bit of yodeling at the end.
“In my shows, I don’t include a lot of my old songs anymore,” she wrote. “But this is what people sometimes ask me to sing about when I’m on tour. I think it’s because it’s set in motion a lot of things for me. It’s always been a real deal with the fans. has been a favourite.”
Dolly Parton’s first No. 1 hit
According to Dolly Parton Website, Queen of the Country, released her seventh studio album titled “Joshua” in 1971. Upon release, the title track became his first song to reach number 1 on the country charts. It was also their first song to appear on the pop charts (although it only made it to number 108). The album peaked at number 16 on the country album chart and number 198 on the pop album chart. His performance of “Joshua” was also nominated for a Grammy Award. A banner year for Parton, his gospel LP. And the work she was doing with Porter Wagner for their country duet was also nominated.
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“Nineteen and seventy-one was a good year, wasn’t it?” she wrote. “But you realize it only when you think about the different points in your life and think about how your career progresses. Three Grammy nominations for three different songs in the same year, that’s what it is.