Dolly  Parton

Dolly Parton

Songs that get stuck in my head in a permanent rotation….well there are many but there is this one song that has kicked my heart into an ever rolling spin…. it has to be “Jolene” by Dolly Parton.

Fort years later, the song is still as popular it was when it made to the top of the charts across America and out in the other parts of the world too!

Forty years ago, in 1974  Doll Parton released her now-classic song, “Jolene.” The song, which tells the story of a woman confronting Jolene, beautiful red-head for trying to steal her man, has received numerous honors. In the nearly half century since the song came out, musicians have taken their turn re-interpreting the song with varying success. However, there have been a few astonishing replicas .

Parton was inspired to name this song when she met a red-haired girl of 8 and asked her name while writing her an autograph. ‘Jolene’ the little girl replied and Parton immediately thought of writing a song on this beautifully rhyming name. Although she relates the character of Jolene to a real life girl, working in a bank, who had a deep crush on her husband!

Jolene is a universal character and everyone can relate to her feelings of inadequacy— In real life Dolly was competing with a red-head – Jolene…! Women around the world have gone through this feeling one time or other!

 Dolly Parton further elaborates her fears of that time.”She had everything I didn’t, like legs — you know, she was about 6 feet tall. And had all that stuff that some little short, sawed-off honky like me don’t have,” Parton says. “So no matter how beautiful a woman might be, you’re always threatened by certain… You’re always threatened by other women, period.”

 Jolene tells an immortal story and my favorite line is “please don’t take him, even though you can”. Lesson being, do not take another woman’s man simply because you can. And if  you like a man who is taken, respect that boundary.

The  very simplicity and vulnerability of woman in love , along with the song’s haunting melody, is what makes  “Jolene” memorable. It takes me into a world which tell me its okay to have fears and insecurities for your man. Its okay even if you are not perfect….its okay to be crazy in love !


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