Joshua (song)

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Single by Dolly Parton
from the album Joshua
B-side "I'm Doing This for Your Sake"
Released November 1970
Format 7" single
Recorded RCA Studio "B", Nashville; October 1970
Genre Country
Length 2:59
Label RCA
Songwriter(s) Dolly Parton
Producer(s) Bob Ferguson
Dolly Parton singles chronology
"Mule Skinner Blues"
"Comin' for to Carry Me Home"

"Joshua" is a song written and recorded by American country music artist Dolly Parton. It was released in November 1970 as the first single and title track from the album Joshua. The song was significant for being her first single to reach number 1 on the US country charts.[1]. The single reached number 1 on the Billboard country charts in February 1971. Parton received her first Grammy nomination in the Best Country Female Vocal category for the song, losing to Lynn Anderson.


The song drew on many Appalachian references from Parton's youth which she would revisit throughout her career.


The song is about an adventurous young girl who dares to visit the property of a rural recluse, who has a reputation for being mean and hostile.

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1970–1971) Peak
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[2] 1
US Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles (Billboard)[3] 8
Canadian RPM Country Tracks 2

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book Of Top 40 Country Hits: 1944-2006, Second edition. Record Research. p. 261. 
  2. ^ "Dolly Parton Chart History (Hot Country Songs)". Billboard.
  3. ^ "Dolly Parton Chart History (Bubbling Under Hot 100)". Billboard.