jolene dolly parton

Jolene - Dolly Parton

I’m dedicating today’s post to one of the best songs EVER (I will fight you over this if necessary). What’s not to love about Dolly in general? She’s a ridiculously talented singer, songwriter and musician. I’ve been lucky enough to see her live and she played 7 different instruments during one concert! Jolene is the ultimate Dolly song for me though. The guitar riff, the lyrics, Dolly’s vocals….the only bad thing about it is the fact it’s just 2.30 minutes long!

Gotta start off with Dolly belting it out live, wearing what is probably THE ugliest onesie on the planet (matches her eye make-up though)

Honestly never thought I’d post a Miley Cyrus video on this blog (not that I have anything personal against Miley, she’s just not really my cup of tea musically), but she has a set of pipes on her, and this cover is excellent. I honestly CANNOT believe that this video has had nearly 100 million more views than Dolly’s video though…WTF?!

I first heard this remix at the end of Todd Terje’s set at Glasgow’s infamous Sub Club (officially one of the greatest clubs on the planet…and that’s not just me being biased, it’s a well know fact!) It was a truly magical moment when a club full of ravers started having a singalong to it.

Jolene slowed down to 33rpm is a total trip and takes it to a whole new level.

Happy Dolly Day fellow tumblrites!

I’ve always loved dolly parton’s Jolene and I finally realized why

the song isn’t about a woman terrified of losing her husband to another, more beautiful woman

the song is about a woman transfixed with desire for a red haired woman named Jolene whose voice is “soft like summer rain”

and the only way she can voice that desire is through a plaintive entreaty not to “steal her man”

an entreaty during which “the man” is never described, while line after line praises Jolene’s beauty and allure

and in which the singer admits to Jolene “my happiness depends on you” and “I could never love again”

it doesn’t matter that after each stanza on Jolene the singer quickly inserts a hetero relationship

because it’s all there in the song, and how it’s not called Don’t Leave Me [insert generic man name] or Don’t Take my Man

it’s called Jolene

and you can’t sing it without lingering yearningly on her name over and over again

Jolene…Jolene…Jolene

what ultimately terrifies the singer is not her man leaving her for Jolene

but what happens after the man has left

and she still can’t stop singing about Jolene

what happens when there’s no tenuous hetero relationship in place which can cloak her very real, very queer desire

for a woman whose “beauty is beyond compare”

Jolene
me

The Entirely, Canonically Gay Cover of Jolene by Dolly Parton 

because this is what we all needed 

Jolene, Jolene, Jolene, Jolene
I’m begging of you please don’t take my heart
Jolene, Jolene, Jolene, Jolene
don’t make me scarred of when we’ll grow apart

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 is soft like summer rain
I keep falling in love with you, Jolene

I see you when’er I sleep
There’s nothing I can do to keep
You out of my thoughts, my dreams, Jolene

And I can easily understand
How you could love so casually
But you don’t know what you do to me, Jolene

Jolene, Jolene, Jolene, Jolene
I’m begging of you please don’t take my heart
Jolene, Jolene, Jolene, Jolene
don’t make me scared of we’ll grow apart

You could have your choice in love

And I know that it you won’t choose me

Don’t make me love you just to leave, Jolene

I had to have this talk with you
My happiness depends on you
And whatever you decide to do, Jolene

Jolene, Jolene, Jolene, Jolene
I’m begging of you please don’t take my heart
Jolene, Jolene, Jolene, Jolene
Please, be kind and gentle when we part

Jolene, Jolene, Jolene

♡Coquette Music♡

Click the hearts to the right of the songs for YouTube videos.

40s, 50s, 60s

Born too Late-The Poni Tail Teenager in Love-Dion 
& The Belmonts Eddie, My Love-The Chordettes Darling Forever-The Marvelettes It’s Gonna Take a Miracle-The Royalettes My Boyfriend’s Back-The Angels To Sir, With Love-Lulu My Heart Belongs to Daddy-Marilyn Monroe

Rock (Classic,etc.)

Don’t Stand So Close To Me-The Police Seventeen-Winger   Roxanne-The Police Stray Cat Blues-The Rolling Stones Brown Sugar-The Rolling Stones   

Pop (Indie, alternative, dance, etc.)

Primadonna Girl-Marina & The Diamonds Off to The Races-Lana Del Rey Lolita-Lana Del Rey Mr. Watson-Ke$ha Dancing Queen-ABBA When I Kissed The Teacher-ABBA Heart Wants What it Wants-Selena GomezGood for You-Selena Gomez Candy Kisses-Amanda Perez Pink and Blue-Hannah Diamond Carousel-Michael Jackson PYT-Michael JacksonLove Me Harder-Ariana Grande ft.The Weeknd

Hiphop and RnB 

I Like The Way-Hi Five Around the Way Girl-LL Cool J My Favorite Part-Ariana Grande ft.Mac Miller Kisses Down Low-Kelly Rowland Crush on You-Lil Kim ft.Lil Cease Cupid-112 Pretty Brown Eyes-Mint ConditionHighschool-Nicki Minaj Right by my Side-Nicki Minaj ft.Chris brown Promise Ring-Tiffany Evans ft. Ciara Hey Daddy- Usher ft.Plies  

Country   

Jolene- Dolly Parton Only Daddy That’ll Walk The Line-Waylon Jennings Kiss Me-Faith Hill You’re Still The One-Shania Twain Wildfire-Michael Martin Murphey

Other  

Daddy-Die Antwoord Cookie Thumper-Die Antwoord Ugly Boy-Die Antwoord 

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Feel free to message me songs to add to the list!                                   

  • Me: I hate country music
  • PTX: Jolene cover w/ Dolly Parton!!!
  • Me: Howdy y'all wanna go back to the cow ranch and have some Yankee doodlin' a cappella banjo fun it's high noon down in Texas barbecue yee dawge there's a snake in my boot God bless 'Murica
This is all it takes...

I wanted to demonstrate just how easy it is to get an article written in a major publication if know the right person. 

This isn’t even my job (anymore) lol. 

So I went to the Brandi Carlile show at the Ryman the other night (long live badass rock girls who love girls) and she did a fun, off-the-fly cover of “Jolene” by Dolly Parton. I know a guy who works at Rolling Stone Country who loves Dolly Parton, so I posted about it on facebook and who was like “How cool!” and I said “You should write an article about this, since she told a great story about asking Dolly to cover a song on her new charity album that comes out next Friday.” 

And voila. 

Couple of things. It was not her first-ever shows at the Ryman. She’s played it several times. That was RS Country’s mistake. But I did describe it as a “gutsy” cover and told them it would be a great piece if they could link it back to the charity album. 

I am not even a publicist. 

That’s how easy it is to:

  • Get an article written with a broad angle you want out there 
  • Have the publication make a mistake because they didn’t do their research 

So imagine that in the context of One Direction & The Sun. Simon Jones’ actual job is to get articles written in publications about One Direction & Louis while SIMULTANEOUSLY preventing damaging articles from being printed about his clients. 

Do you see where I’m going with this.

Some of the time, the publication doesn’t need a prompt to write an article. Sometimes it’s click-bait. Sometimes it’s a re-hash of another publication’s story. 

But the exclusives the Sun gets come with “prompts” and set the tone of the article. 

This is not something new. But it’s a reminder that the bullshit the usual suspects spew and have spewed for years all have the same talking points and tone that are consistently contradicted by the boys themselves on camera. I don’t know if Simon Jones is going to Dan Wootton and saying “We have a Louis story and here’s the angle we want” (to be fair, I’m pretty certain that’s what he does in most circumstances) or if he’s complicit through his silence and/or complete lack of management of the damaging stories (hot tip: he’s both an unscrupulous liar and a hack) but it’s clear he’s had countless opportunities to “punish” the Sun by giving exclusives to other publications but that never happens. 

That’s because Simon is working with them on all fronts. 

Dolly Parton