Drowsy Don – Parody of Delta Dawn | Marcus Bales & Don Caron

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Lyrics by Marcus Bales – Performance by Don Caron

“Drowsy Don is your Adderall all gone? But you can huff that stuff in a little while.
They warned you you must stay there in court now every day,
like a common criminal on trial.”

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LYRICS to Drowsy Don
Marcus Bales

Drowsy Don is your Adderall all gone
But you can huff that stuff in a little while.
They warned you you must stay
There in court now every day
Like a common criminal on trial.

He’s 77 and he thinks he’s still a player
He’s proud to be a liar and betrayer
He flies in on his famous private plane
Sham hair, sham tan, sham confidence, champagne.

In his younger days they called him Creepy Don
Letching after every woman he can lay hands on
Half a half a dozen became his bride
And not a one of them who hasn’t cried.

Drowsy Don is your Adderall all gone
But you can huff that stuff in a little while.
They warned you you must stay
There in court now every day
Like a common criminal on trial.


“Delta Dawn” is a song written by musician Larry Collins and country songwriter Alex Harvey. The first notable recording of the song was in 1971 by American singer and actress Bette Midler for her debut album. However it is best known as a 1972 top ten country hit for Tanya Tucker and a 1973 US number one hit for Helen Reddy.

The title character is a faded former Southern belle from Brownsville, Tennessee, who, at 41, is obsessed to unreason with the long-ago memory of a suitor who jilted her. The lyrics describe how the woman regularly “walks downtown with a suitcase in her hand / looking for a mysterious dark haired man” who she says will be taking her “to his mansion in the sky.”

Alex Harvey said he wrote the song about his mother:
“My mother had come from the Mississippi Delta and she always lived her life as if she had a suitcase in her hand but nowhere to put it down.”

Ten years before Harvey wrote the song, he was performing on TV and told his mother not to come, lest she get drunk and embarrass him. That night she died in a car crash, and Harvey believed it was suicide caused by his rejection.
For years Harvey suffered from guilt over the incident, until a cathartic incident the night he wrote the song. He was at fellow songwriter Larry Collins’ house, who was asleep while Harvey noodled around on his guitar. He believed his mother then came to him in a vision:

“I looked up and I felt as if my mother was in the room. I saw her very clearly. She was in a rocking chair and she was laughing…I really believe that my mother didn’t come into the room that night to scare me, but to tell me, ‘It’s okay,’ and that she had made her choices in life and it had nothing to do with me. I always felt like that song was a gift to my mother and an apology to her. It was also a way to say ‘thank you’ to my mother for all she did.”

After writing the first few lines of the song, Harvey woke Collins and they finished it together. Reddy’s recording in particular includes choir-like inspirational overtones. Though the song is credited exclusively to Collins and Harvey, the melody of the chorus is similar to the Christian hymn “Amazing Grace”.

The first recording of “Delta Dawn” was made by Harvey for his eponymous album released in November 1971. Harvey had performed as the opening act for Helen Reddy at the Troubadour, in January 1972, but at that time Reddy (who also was signed with the Capitol Records label) made no connection with any of Harvey’s compositions.

After hearing Tracy Nelson sing “Delta Dawn” at the Bottom Line in New York City, Bette Midler added the song to her repertoire.

During the time Tanya Tucker’s and Helen Reddy’s recordings of the song were being produced, Bette Midler recorded “Delta Dawn” for her The Divine Miss M debut album, for which her bluesy version was planned as the lead single. Reddy’s single was released June 1973, two days after Midler’s. The preemption required a marketing change for Midler, so the original B-side “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy” was shopped to radio, itself becoming a top ten hit.

Also recorded by Tanya Tucker, Helen Reddy and Bette Midler.

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