Dolly Parton

The Party

Song Information
Original Appearance: Just The Two Of Us
Compilations: None
Alternate Versions: None

As we were dressing to go out, our little girl and boy
Came in and asked if they could go this time
We told them little girls and boys don't belong at parties
And that they should be in bed asleep by nine
The babysitter came in then and we kissed the kids goodbye
And told them that we'd be home soon and told them not to cry


Then we left for the party like we'd so often done
Thinkin' only of ourselves and not our little ones
The party started out wild and it grew wilder as the night wore on
With drinking, laughing, telling dirty jokes, nobody thinkin' of home

Then the strangest feeling came over me and it chilled me to the bones
And I told my wife that we'd better leave the party
Cause I felt that we were needed at home

As we rode along, I got to thinkin'
Of how the kids that mornin'
Had asked if we would take them to church the next day
And how I'd put 'em off like I'd so often done
By sayin' we'd probably get home too late

Then my thoughts were interrupted by the sound of sirens
As they cut through the still night air
Then we turned down our street
That's when we saw the fire
The rest was like a nightmare

We took their little bodies to church the next day
Though we'd left the party early
We still got home too late