Strenuous Acquaintances

by Joan Osborne

Joan Elizabeth Osborne (born July 8, 1962) is an American singer-songwriter. She is best known for her song "One of Us". She has toured with Motown sidemen the Funk Brothers and was featured in the documentary film about them, Standing in the Shadows of Motown.




I take my baby to the cornfield 
I lay him down between the rows 
I ask him if he really loves me 
He tells me only heaven knows 

If I owned a TV station 
This is the message I would send: 
A hundred strenuous acquaintances can't meet the loss of one true friend 

Give me his old Montana jacket 
His favorite shirt is Panama 
And I can tell you where he's buried 
Tell you the last thing that he saw, saw... 
I am the keeper of your fetish 
There is so much that you don't know 
You're gonna drown in your own bathtub 
You're gonna miss me when I go 

If I owned that big transmitter 
This is the message I would send: 
A hundred strenuous acquaintances can't meet the loss of one true friend 

And on the mornings after parties 
I pick the bottles from the floor 
I open every single window 
I cough until my ribs are sore 
Callin' out to all you vampires, 
"I got molasses in my veins! 
I think it's time I should be leavin' 
And you can fight for my remains!" 

For every word on every paper 
For every dollar you will spend 
A strenuous acquaintances can't meet the loss of one true friend 
The loss of one true friend

Written by: JOAN OSBORNE

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