When it comes to original Dolly Parton songs, this artist has over 3000 tracks to her name. With such love for “the joy of writing,” the country queen shared that she thinks she only has three “good” songs.
Dolly Parton is the mastermind behind several original songs
Some know her for “Jolene”, while others know her for “Here You Come Again”. Parton has been writing and releasing music for several decades, cementing her place in country music history. As a songwriter, this artist explained that inspiration comes from various sources.
“Sometimes I’ll write a song, and I’ll cook, or I’ll do this or that, and I’ll just think while I’m doing it and I’ll just write when I’m thinking of a good line,” Parton said as stated in the delivered Trolley on trolley. “I think before I write it.”
With many years of musical experience, Parton is used to writing songs fairly quickly.
“Now I can write a song in fifteen minutes and finish it,” Parton said during a 1967 interview with Music City News. “But then I start repeating it again, and everything, and I hear a lot of things that I don’t think are good about it. So I go back and I change lines and ideas.
Parton even created several original Christmas songs and an album based on the novel. Run, Rose, Run.
Dolly Parton thinks she’s only written three ‘good’ songs
Even with multiple Grammys and millions of Spotify streams, Parton doesn’t think every song she’s written is a hit. She shared that with thousands of original songs, this artist only considers three of her original songs “good.”
“I take myself more seriously as a songwriter than anything else,” Parton said during an interview with CNBC. “I always say I’ve written about 3,000 songs and three good ones, but I love the joy of writing.”
What are Dolly Parton’s three favorite original songs?
As the queen of country, many of Parton’s songs have won awards and international recognition. During an interview onThe Late Show with Stephen Colbert, the artist named his three favorite original songs. (“Jolene” and “9 to 5” didn’t make the cut.)
“My favorite song from a personal standpoint is ‘The Coat of Many Colors,'” Parton said. “It’s kind of a signature song for me. It’s more than a little coat. It’s about acceptance and tolerance. It’s even about bullying, kind of how kids get made fun of me at school.
As a song she can sing both “small” and “big”, Parton named “I Will Always Love You” as her second favorite original song. Another song she mentioned was “Down From Dover”, one of her lesser known tracks which became a favorite of Parton and some fans.
One of the reasons she loves this track is that it tells a story – detailing the experience of someone becoming pregnant and leaving home.
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