Dear John and the Big Red Pickup Truck

from by James Olin Oden

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This is a true story. The only thing omitted is the cursing.


It was wonderful night, ah the moon was bright,
I determined not to drink much at all,
So I brought one beer, and Keller Williams was tight,
But my friends had other plans...for me that night!

Well There was bourbon and beer, whiskey, moonshine,
We danced together, we had us a time!
There was Jason, and Jesse, Luke and Elrod,
Whiskey galore and friends...friends more!

Then I stumbled off into the night, somewhere I lost my sight,
They tell me I played well that night,
Round those fires of Shakori!

Dear John, Dear John, Why’d you get so drunk?
Why’d crawl under that big ol pickup truck?
Whiskey, beer, I’m sure moonshine,
Now you can’t find your way....back home!

When I came to my senses once again,
I decided it was time to turn in,
So I started off on my way,
When I heard a voice from underneath...a big red pickup truck.

I’s gonna move on, I didn’t wanna bother,
Until I heard yet another holler,
“Help me, help me I can’t find my tent!”
I said who’s that there...then John cried my name.


Well I pulled John out and he clung on tight,
I said John, dear John where’s your tent,
He did not know but told me he loved me.
I love you too, John, but where’s your tent.

We disappeared into the night, stumbling along, it was such sight,
Made a wrong turn, but it turned out right,
Round those fires of Shakori

We came to the border of his camp,
There was a big ole ditch and a hobo’s ramp.
John, dear John, how’m I gonna get you across?
“I can do it James!”...then like a rocket he launched!

He was fine getting over but then could not stand,
I stumbled across to give him a hand,
I said we’re here John; now where’s your tent,
I love you James....but I don’t know.


There was a fire and friends, so I drug John over,
Said “anybody know where’s John’s tent?”
I was met with silence so I asked again,
Then a girl said, she knew of three and one them’s his.

So I set John by Sara, she later thanked me kindly,
And followed the girl to the three tents,
There were burning coals in the middle the path,
I said me a prayer...don’t let John burn,


So I got John from Sarah, and we were off,
Then I heard, “Hey John, don’t get in my tent”,
“You know where his tent is? Then please show us now!”
Grudgingly he did...and we found John’s tent.

I got John inside, I thought we were done for the night,
But then he said “I gotta go”,
He got out of his tent, stumbled into the woods,
The the drums started playing,
He screamed “Drum Circle!”,
Shot off like a hare,
into the woods,
I gave him chase,
but I soon gave up,
When he stumbled in a ditch,
But it didn’t slowed him...

He disappeared into the night, chasing those drums under the moonlight,
I bid him adieu as he ran out of sight,
past those fires of Shakori!



from Deeper Dance, released May 1, 2016
Donovan McCain - Mandolin
James Olin Oden - Classical Guitar, Vocals, Shaker Egg
“Jeffro” Holshouser - Vocals
Joey Arcuri - Standup Bass
Rodger Lenhardt - Washboard
Ruffin McCoy - Tenor Banjo



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James Olin Oden Raleigh, North Carolina

It's always been about what moves the heart. The songs I sing are compelling stories whose telling must be told over and over again. The stories range from dark acts that should not be forgotten to the silly revelries that we should never forsake. My hope is that as my heart is moved by the music so too may yours be moved.

Sláinte Mhór...James

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