Working Late

Album: Lone Justice (1985)
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Songfacts®:

  • This song was penned by Lone Justice's bassist Marvin Etzioni on his own. It finds vocalist Maria McKee playing a woman waiting up for her man. Etzioni told us that "it's funny," as many people think vocalist Maria wrote the song, as "it comes from her point of view."
  • Lone Justice earned rave reviews for their early gigs and Dolly Parton was one of several stars who showed up to watch them perform. Etzioni recalled to us that Dolly approached him after their concert and asked if she could record this song. He initially agreed until she insisted that this meant the band couldn't record it themselves. When Etzioni told her that he planned for it to be included on their debut album, the country star changed her mind. He added: "I never told the band that, because I never wanted to have Maria think, Gee, you can have Dolly Parton do your song instead of us."

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