It's hard to imagine any woman posing a threat to Dolly Parton —even a fiery redhead with ivory skin and eyes of emerald green. It's also a universally popular tune with at least 30 well-known covers, the basis for a Netflix series , and Rolling Stone even named it one of the greatest songs of all time. And is there any truth to the legendary song? She calls her rival beautiful "beyond compare," and explains that she believes her partner is enamored with the woman—he even talks about her in his sleep. The song was mainly inspired by a red-haired bank teller who flirted with her husband, Carl Thomas Dean , all the way back at the beginning of their marriage. And had all that stuff that some little short, sawed-off honky like me don't have," Dolly revealed in a NPR interview.
Jolene is the thirteenth solo studio album by Dolly Parton. The title track, " Jolene ", tells the tale of a housewife confronting a beautiful seductress who she believes is having an affair with her husband. It became Parton's second solo number-one country single; it also was a moderate pop hit for her, and also did well in the United Kingdom. Since downloads were introduced to the Official Chart in , it's amassed , downloads — and 6.
It was released on October 15, as the first single and title track from her album of the same name , produced by Bob Ferguson. The song was ranked No. In the film The Intervention Clea Duvall ; , Annie Melanie Lynskey tells Lola Alia Shawkat , "Nobody likes a Jolene," after the younger woman stirs up trouble among a group of older couples by making a play for several individuals among them. A sign of the international extent of the song's popularity appeared during the Covid pandemic when the New Zealand government put the country in lockdown. A newspaper summary of "essential things to know" explained that washing one's hands with soap should take "as long as it takes to sing the "Happy Birthday" song twice or the chorus of Dolly Parton's hit song Jolene. Throughout the song, Parton implores Jolene "please, don't take him just because you can.