The Original Inspirations Behind the Song "Jolene"

Dolly Parton wrote the song "Jolene" in 1972 and made it a hit in 1974. Since then, everyone and their brother has recorded the song, the latest being Beyonce, which is why the song is once again a hit. We've even posted versions of it that went viral here at Neatorama.

The song is an emotional plea from a woman whose marriage is threatened by a more beautiful interloper, although it's hard to imagine any woman taking Dolly Parton's man (she's been married to Carl Dean for 57 years). Still, the feeling in the song resonates with anyone who is insecure in their relationship. Did that really happen? Uh, no. Dolly is just the kind of talent who can infuse meaning into a song so thoroughly that we all feel it. Parton explains two different sources for the song lyrics, neither of which is is malevolent, at Mental Floss.

(Image credit: RCA Records)


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