Introduction:

Released in 1973, Jolene is a cornerstone of country music, sung by the legendary Dolly Parton. This iconic ballad not only established itself as a country music staple, but also transcended genres, becoming a widely recognized song across the musical spectrum. Parton herself both wrote and produced Jolene, showcasing her talents not only as a vocalist, but also as a songwriter and creative force behind the music.

Jolene quickly achieved massive success on the country music charts. It soared to the number one position on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart, solidifying Parton’s place as a country music superstar. The song’s impact extended far beyond the country music scene. Jolene crossed over to the pop charts, becoming a recognizable tune for a wider audience. Internationally, Jolene became a hit as well, particularly in the United Kingdom, where it reached number seven on the UK Singles Chart in 1976. The song’s enduring popularity was reignited in 2014 when Parton performed at the Glastonbury Festival in the UK. Jolene re-entered the charts once again, a testament to the song’s lasting appeal.

Jolene‘s legacy is not just about chart success. The song has become a cultural phenomenon, referenced in countless movies, television shows, and even other songs. Artists across various genres have lined up to cover Jolene, including superstars like The White Stripes, Miley Cyrus, and Boyz II Men. These diverse covers speak to the song’s universal themes of heartbreak, insecurity, and the complexities of love.

Parton has shared that the inspiration for Jolene came from an encounter with a bank teller who flirted with her husband. While the flirtation may have been innocent, it sparked a song that explores the depths of human emotions. Jolene lays bare the vulnerability of a woman who fears losing her love to another, particularly someone as beautiful and captivating as the song’s namesake. The song’s power lies in its relatable story and Parton’s emotive delivery. Parton’s voice is both strong and tender, perfectly conveying the character’s mix of desperation and pleading.

Jolene is more than just a song; it’s a cultural touchstone. It’s a story of love, insecurity, and the strength it takes to fight for what you love. Dolly Parton’s masterpiece continues to resonate with listeners today, solidifying its place as a timeless classic in the country music hall of fame.

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Lyrics:

Jolene, Jolene, Jolene, JoleneI’m begging of you please don’t take my manJolene, Jolene, Jolene, JolenePlease don’t take him just because you can
Your beauty is beyond compareWith flaming locks of auburn hairWith ivory skin and eyes of emerald greenYour smile is like a breath of springYour voice is soft like summer rainAnd I cannot compete with youJolene
He talks about you in his sleepAnd there’s nothing I can do to keepFrom crying when he calls your nameJolene
And I can easily understandHow you could easily take my manBut you don’t know what he means to meJolene
Jolene, Jolene, Jolene, JoleneI’m begging of you please don’t take my manJolene, Jolene, Jolene, JolenePlease don’t take him just because you can
You could have your choice of menBut I could never love againHe’s the only one for meJolene
I had to have this talk with youMy happiness depends on youAnd whatever you decide to doJolene
Jolene, Jolene, Jolene, JoleneI’m begging of you please don’t take my manJolene, Jolene, Jolene, JolenePlease don’t take him even though you canJolene, Jolene