This big-hair, big-boobs, big-voice country music icon is my everything! Her songs are catchy as all get out and I could watch “9 to 5” any day of the week and twice on Sundays. I also love that when she got rich and famous, she invested her earnings into business opportunities in East Tennessee. Creating jobs and helping the economy of a struggling part of the country. Even if Pigeon Forge is tacky as all hell, just like her, it is my Mecca and she is my Queen. I can not get enough Dolly Parton. Here’s why…
1. This hauntingly beautiful song which might not be about what everyone thinks —
Dolly has said in many interviews over the years that “Jolene” was inspired by a young girl who came up to her after one of her shows. Red hair, green eyes, fair skin; Dolly thought Jolene was the prettiest name she’d ever heard and promised to write a song about the child. Dolly and her husband couldn’t have children. Which makes the song take on a whole new context. Perhaps Dolly was afraid to lose her love to someone who could give him a child? Is that what he was talking about in his sleep?
2. These quotes are speaking to my soul —
“Storms make trees take deeper roots.”
“You’ll never do a whole lot unless you’re brave enough to try.”
“If anyone tells you your hair is too big, get rid of them. You don’t need that kind of negativity in your life.”
3. Dolly doesn’t have time for judgmental bullshit —
She speaks out about her love for ALL people and believes judgement is the greatest sin of all.
4. Leaving a little something to mystery —
Is her body covered in secret tattoos? Still leaving the world guessing at 69 years young.
5. Just in case it was unclear —
This photo I posted to my Facebook profile, circa 2006, spells it out for you. Basically these two are the samesies. So samesies that I labelled them. In short, I’ve never encountered a Dolly/Dalai I didn’t like.
Do you love Dolly, too? Ever been to Dollywood? What’s your favorite thing about this bombshell? Let’s all load up the van and head down to Pigeon Forge!
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P.S. Here’s a picture of Katie and I straight KILLING IT at Dollywood about a decade ago.
P.P.S. If anyone wants to get me THIS for my birthday, I would obviously be really into that. Not that I worship false idols or anything…I worship ACTUAL idols. Different.