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Papa Writes to Johnny is a song written by Gillian Welch and performed by Deacon Claybourne in the Season One episode Lovesick Blues.

Lyrics

Papa writes to Johnny
But Johnny can't come home
Been too much time now
Too many nights on the road
Oh, too many nights on the road

Blues on the table
There's blues every week
Pouring out of the coffee pot
With the first cup of the day
Oh, the first cup of the day

Now where are my friends
When I'm taking the heat
Only help I got today
Was from a stranger on the street
Oh, a stranger on the street

And why would you laugh
If you wanted to cry

And why would you say things
If you knew it was a lie
Oh, you knew it was a lie

Dark was the night
Cold was the ground
I couldn't sleep
So I got up and walked around
Oh, I got up and walked around

And I walked into Dallas
Crying all the way
Running over in my mind
Everything I meant to say
Oh, everything I meant to say

Papa writes to Johnny
But Johnny can't come home
Been too much time now
Too many nights on the road
Oh, too many nights on the road

Videos

Season One Songs
A Showman's LifeAll My AngelsAlready GoneAmerican BeautyBack HomeBitter MemoryBoys & BusesBuried UnderCasinoChange Your MindChanging GroundConsider MeFade Into YouFor Your GloryGun for a MouthHangin' on a LieHo HeyHypnotizingI Will FallI'll Be There (If You Want Me)I'm a GirlI'm A Lonesome FugitiveIf I Didn't Know BetterIf Momma Coulda Seen MeIn The Arms of a Jealous GodIt's My LifeKeep Asking WhyKissLet There Be LonelyLooking for a Place to ShineLove Like MineLove's Ring of FireLoving You is the Only Way to FlyMatchbox BluesMoon is HighNo One Will Ever Love YouNothing in this World Will Ever Break My Heart AgainOne Works BetterPapa Writes to JohnnyPeace in the ValleyPostcard from MexicoShineSideshowStompin' GroundsStronger than MeTelescopeTelescopeThe End of the DayThe Morning of the RainTough All OverTwist of BarbwireTwist of BarbwireUndermineUsedWe Are WaterWhen the Right One Comes AlongWrong SongYellin' From the RooftopYou Ain't Dolly (And You Ain't Porter)

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