Now playing: “Jolene.” Oh yeah: we are goin’ there.
This song was written by Dolly Parton, and was released in 1973.
Look. Forget the other versions from other artists for just a second. Maybe even forget about them forever. Just listen to Dolly.
Answer these prompts:
How do you feel when you listen to this song?
Haven’t we all met a woman who is going through the same situation as the subject of this song? My heart goes out to her. There’s a way to tell someone that hey, if he can be “taken away,” let him–it’s like someone coming to your house and taking out your trash for free! And we get angry at women like this, don’t we? Just a little? If only they saw how beautiful they really are. No woman can compare.
Then again, sometimes we are like Dolly in this song. Sometimes we are the ones who feel so vulnerable, so unlovable. There is nothing quite so damaging to a person’s self-esteem as someone saying they will love you and be faithful, when they didn’t really mean it.
Did you notice any lyrics during your first few listens of this song?
“You could have your choice of men/ But I could never love again/ He’s the only one for me, Jolene.” Again, don’t we all know someone who has been here? Perhaps we’ve even been here! It’s that whole thing of “Yeah, he’s/she’s a crummy, scummy cheater who will never treat me right, but I love him/her.” Cry about it, and then go listen to Edith Piaf and move right along with your life! You deserve better, just like Dolly in this song.
What colors or visual images does this song conjure in your imagination?
This song makes me think of shadowy places and the smell of dust and whiskey. Bales of hay, walking barefoot through sandy peach orchards, things like that. Memories of farm houses and guitars, and wandering around the valley where I grew up.
Do you like this song?
Not only do I like this song, but I personally think Dolly Parton is one of the most important singer/songwriters who ever came from the United States.
Which part of your life might have this song as a soundtrack?
This song would be a great addition to a playlist to be used on long, meditative drives.
What did you think of this song? I think it’s so yummy. I hope you did too.
Until next time,
Source for adventurous listening:
Quintessence. 1001 Songs You Must Hear Before You Die. New York, NY: Universe Publishing. 2015. Print.
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