Down In the Boondocks – Song Lyric Sunday – D/J

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Down In the Boondocks – Song Lyric Sunday – D/J

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For SLS today we have songs that feature a song that the title starts with letter D or J   Thanks, Jim!

To join in this fun weekly challenge, and to see other entries, just click the link below.

https://jimadamsauthordotcom.wordpress.com/2021/01/16/disk-jockey/

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From a Wiki article:

The song is sung from the perspective of a self-proclaimed “boy from down in the boondocks.” He sings of a girl who lives nearby, for whom he feels love and steals away with occasionally. The people who live or are born in the boondocks are suggested to be a lower class than those in the city. The girl’s father is the singer’s boss, which, along with the social division, prevents him from proclaiming his love and connecting with her, despite their shared feelings (which is the basis for the line “but I don’t dare knock on her door/for her daddy is my boss man”). The singer proclaims that “one fine day, I’ll find a way, to move from this old shack”, presumably to be able to join the higher class members of society and finally be able to date the girl openly. Essentially the same theme appeared some twenty months earlier in the lyrics of Joey Powers‘ “Midnight Mary”.[7]

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“Down In the Boondocks”, by Billy Joe Royal, was released from his album of the same name in 1965. It was written by Joe South, and is on the Columbia label.

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Down in the boondocks
Down in the boondocks
People put me down
‘Cause that’s the side of town
I was born in
I love her, she loves me
But I don’t fit in her society
Lord have mercy on the boy
From down in the boondocks
Every night I watch the lights
From the house up on the hill
I love a little girl that lives up there
And I guess I always will
But I don’t dare knock on her door
‘Cause her daddy is my boss man
So I’ll just have to be content
To see her whenever I can
Down in the boondocks
Down in the boondocks
People put me down
‘Cause that’s the side of town
I was born in
I love her, she loves me
But I don’t fit in her society
Lord have mercy on the boy
From down in the boondocks
Down in the boondocks
Down in the boondocks
One fine day I’ll find the way
To move from this old shack
I’ll hold my head up like a king
And I never, never will look back
Until that morning I’ll work and slave
And I’ll save every dime
But tonight she’ll have to steal away
To see me one more time
Down in the boondocks
Down in the boondocks
People put me down
‘Cause that’s the side of town
I was born in
I love her, she loves me
But I don’t fit in her society
Lord have mercy on the boy
From down in the boondocks
Lord have mercy on the boy
From down in the boondocks
Lord have mercy on the boy
From down in the boondocks
Source: Musixmatch
Songwriters: Joe South
Down In The Boondocks lyrics © Sony/atv Songs Llc, Bike Music
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15 responses »

  1. At first I thought you’d done this song not too long ago, but that was Cherry Hill Park. This song always reminds me of a pair of shoes I had as a kid that were apparently called “boondockers.” I don’t know if that was a localism or what everyone called them, but they were like a hybrid work/hiking boot…

    • Thanks, Bill! I don’t remember posting this one before. That is interesting that there were shoes named boondockers! Hadn’t heard of those, so googled them to see what they look like. Then, this reminded me of those called Waffle Stompers. My sister had some of those. funny names for shoes! 🙂

  2. A band that I used to follow the New riders of the Purple sage used to play this a lot. These young lovers are from contrasting backgrounds and they are forced to meet secretively, because of parental opposition. Nice pick Barbara.

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