Dolly, Jolene, and Pentatonix: At Long Last, Love

I absolutely hated the song Jolene when it was released in 1974. I mimicked Dolly’s voice, bleating out, rather than belting out, the lyrics about a woman in danger of losing her man to the much lovelier Jolene. And what kind of crazy, made up name was Jolene anyway? (My apologies to all the actual women I now know who bear that moniker.)

But the tune slowly grew on me over the decades. While I didn’t actually like the song, I didn’t despise it anymore either. If the strains of Jolene began playing on a country oldies station I didn’t automatically switch to an alternate channel. 

And now there’s this lovely acapella version of the song featuring Dolly Parton and Pentatonix. Pardon me while I sing along.

Peace, people!

Author: nananoyz

I'm a semi-retired crazy person with one husband and two cats.

5 thoughts on “Dolly, Jolene, and Pentatonix: At Long Last, Love”

  1. Must confess this was never a song that did anything other than made me cringe; the revised take is much better than the original. When I first heard the original I genuinely though it was about someone asking a person named Jo to lean forward; maybe tie their shoelaces for them, or something like that…hadn’t realised Jolene was a forename back then!

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      1. Weird minds think alike! I get so many words wrong. When, following Brexit we got a new Prime Minister. A frowning, head shaking Shirl says to me, just, ‘Theresa May’…my honest riposte, ‘May what?’…she continued frowning and shaking her head!

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