29 thoughts on “Dolly, What’s Your Secret?”

  1. Actually Selu, that’s an older song of her’s. Way back when I listened to country on a daily basis I heard it all the time. I love her songs, she always has a way of telling it like it is.

  2. I believe I have been to Dollywood. I wonder… surely… there are others who have, too? Granted, I was like eight years old, but I have no doubt it was a formative experience.

    Another reason to <3 Dolly: She turned down being a guest judge on American Idol because “I won’t be a judge. I couldn’t do that. I can’t tell people they aren’t doing a good job even if they ask me. To tell someone if they’re good or bad, or if they suck isn’t me.”


  3. I’ve always liked Dolly, from the time she was on Porter Wagner’s show back in the day (am I showing my age or what?). She’s always been good, and this is just more proof of that.

  4. She has always been a great songwriter — she seemed to have abandoned her songwriting gift when she “went Hollywood” in the late ’70s and early ’80s, but even then she’d come up with the odd gem like “9 to 5.” “Coat of Many Colors,” “Travelin’ Man,” “Jolene,” “To Daddy,” OMG, she is one of the all-time greats, and too many people don’t know that because all they can see are BOOBS. Which may have something to do with why she had hers reduced.

    I wouldn’t put this song in the same class as “Coat of Many Colors,” but there’s maybe a dozen songs that great in the entire history of the universe, so that’s hardly a slagoff. This is awreet, though. Dolly makes a pretty good Jiminy Cricket. Yeah, I can see how “just cheer up” can sound kind of insensitive if you’re seriously depressed or grieving, but I don’t think she’s addressing that kind of depression, more like just “the blahs.”

  5. I went to Dollywood. It’s great if you love live shows, not so much if you’re a rides fan. Pigeon Forge and Gatlingburg are probably a lot more entertaining if you’re a fan of shopping, and the area is just freakin’ gorgeous. Seriously, go just to get knocked out by how beautiful the mountains are. I hear the golfing in the area is good, the hiking certainly is.

  6. Yay, Amy Sedaris!

    But you know, there was a time (and I may not be out of it) when I would have taken this song as a judgment. It might be meant as “stop wasting time thinking about how awful you are,” but it reads like “stop wasting time and make yourself better.” As in, sure, you really are a mess, but you have to start taking charge of your life! That makes me really defensive.

    I dunno, I think I’m just being Debbie Downer cos I’m coming off a Monty Python high. While we’re at it, here’s my favorite inspirational song (pls ignore misspelling of “Hemingway”). Jonathan Coulton’s not built like Blondie Bumstead, unlike Dolly, but the song’s about George Plimpton and that has to count for something!

  7. I adore Dolly, she is such a kick and a great talent.

    vesta44, if you are showing your age, come on over and sit by me, I’ve adored her since the Porter Wagoner days too :D

  8. I’m usually not much of a feminist (except in that I’m female), but this song just reminds me of a thought I’ve been having a lot lately: what women could accomplish if we’d stop worrying about the petty stuff! :)

    Love that song, although it was approaching the edge of my country-tolerance. *g*

  9. okay, coming quite late to this entry, but i gotta say it (with first the caveat that i’ve spent the last two weeks reading all the archives, and, miz harding ((as well as compatriots fillyjonk and sweetmachine)) you rock!) …i’m super-glad (and slightly surprised) that no one complained about dolly’s apparently MASSIVE amounts of cosmetic surgery. to quote the unimpeachable source, wikipedia:
    “On a 2003 broadcast of The Oprah Winfrey Show, Oprah asked what kind of cosmetic surgery Parton had undergone. Parton stated that she felt that cosmetic surgery was imperative in keeping with her famous image, but jokingly admitted “If I have one more facelift I’ll have a beard!”. Parton has repeatedly joked about her physical image and surgeries, saying “If I see something sagging, bagging and dragging, I’m going to nip it, tuck it, and suck it!” and “It takes a lot of money to look this cheap.”
    my own personal take on the matter is that you gotta do what it takes to feel good in you–hopefully with an open and collected mind.
    but i don’t know too much.

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