Joseph Heath croons with a country twang, crying for “Frenchie Fries, if you please — a Double Big Pal and a large sweet tea.”
“I eat Pal’s, like, once a week almost,” said Heath, who grew up in Abingdon, Virginia. “You can’t find better food around here.”
Yet what Heath wants to find now is a Pal’s Sudden Service actually inside Abingdon.
At present, the nearest Pal’s drive-thru restaurant is located at Bristol, Virginia, near I-81’s Exit 7.
That’s why the 34-year-old Heath wrote and posted a funny song this week that has since garnered an astounding 40,000 views on Facebook!
“I always try to make people laugh,” Heath said, “and I thought it may be a good lighthearted way of doing so.”
Heath’s song actually comes in the wake of a debate over whether the Abingdon Planning Commission was correct on May 20 in awarding a certificate of appropriateness to the Pal’s Sudden Service slated to be built at The Meadows, just off I-81’s Exit 17 in Abingdon.
In an appeal letter to Abingdon Town Manager Jimmy Morani, members of the Friends of Abingdon, Inc., have challenged the planning commission’s decision, saying that the teal blue color and architectural style of the trademark Pal’s building does not coordinate with other buildings previously approved at The Meadows.
“I had seen the huge response from the locals who were going crazy about the color of the building being the reason we couldn’t have it,” Heath said.
“As far as the song goes, it’s actually the first and only one I’ve ever written,” said Heath, a mail sorter at Johnston Memorial Hospital in Abingdon.
“I actually sat down and came up with the song in about 45 minutes and just posted it right then.”
That was June 24.
Heath’s 1-minute-and-37-second song features generous servings of comical lines and rhymes like:
“People ‘round here have had their fill/
They’re looking for a brand new shade of teal/
If you want to calm those people down/
You got to bring those cheddar rounds to town.”
The song came from pure inspiration.
“As far as the song goes, this stuff just pops in my head and that time I just wrote it down,” said Heath, a 2003 graduate of Abingdon High School.
“I’ve loved playing music and have done so since the eighth grade,” Heath said. “You only dream of fame and such but never really expect it to happen.”
“It’s been a wild week, because it’s kind of like getting a glimpse of that fame. It’s just kind of surreal.”
And for dessert?
“I’m just waiting to see what door may open because of it,” Heath said. “I had no idea it would take off the way it had.”