Writing at the intersection of motherhood, feminism and my Latinidad

20 December 2013

4 songs that prove Dolly Parton is a genius

I grew up listening to country & western music in the late 70s and early 80s. I still feel like it is a classic period for this genre and Dolly Parton is certainly one big reason. While people only see a walking Barbie doll, I see a lyrical genius. And yes, this is totally a result of me seeing all the other lists posted on people's FB pages and me thinking, "Oh, these should be a list of..." So here you go:

1) Coat of Many Colors:  
"My coat of many colors that my momma made for me, made only from rags, but I wore it so proudly."

2) Jolene:
"Your beauty is beyond compare, with flaming locks of auburn hair, with ivory skin and eyes of Emerald green. Your smile is like a breath of spring, your voice soft like summer rain, and I cannot compete with you, Jolene."

3) 9 to 5: So many great lines in this one!
"Pour myself a cup of ambition"
"For service and devotion, you would think that I would deserve a fair promotion"
"They let you dream, just to watch them shatter"

4) I Will Always Love You:
"Bittersweet memories that is all I am taking with me"


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