dolly parton



Dolly Parton is an extremely inspirational artist and therefore it comes as no surprise that she has proved the inspiration behind many different works of art. Her 1973 hit single ‘Jolene’ has proved the inspiration for loads of covers and at least 5 answer songs which are listed below. We also discuss whether Dolly is really being fair to Jolene in this week’s episode of JimBob’s Music Massacre.

Kirsty Maccoll’s 1994 single “Caroline” is an in-spirit response song to “Jolene,” in which the Jolene character grieves the loss of her best friend (the titular Caroline) after having an affair with Caroline’s husband.

In 2011, Estonian indie rock band Ewert and the Two Dragons released an answer song, also titled “Jolene,” in response to the original recording. In this version, Parton’s “man” directly addresses Jolene, telling her that nothing will ever happen between them and that his current lover would fight to get him back.

In 2013, country singer Jennifer Nettles recorded “That Girl,” which she stated in interviews should be subtitled “The Ballad of Jolene.” The song is written from the perspective of the Jolene character, who Nettle feels is unfairly maligned in the original song. In this version, the other woman is shown to have no interest in taking another woman’s man, and her song is in fact framed as a warning to Parton’s character that “her man” has a roving eye.  The concept of Dolly Parton suffering from paranoia regarding Jolene was also discussed in S01 E03 of musical comedy podcast JimBob’s Music Massacre in February 2018.

In 2013, The Beautiful South guitarist David Rotheray recorded an album of answer songs, among which is “Jolene’s Song,” performed by Julie Murphy. This version of Jolene is equally heartbroken to learn that the man who loves her belongs to another woman and expresses her pain at being painted as a heartless temptress by the original song.

In 2017, American singer-songwriter Cam released her single Diane in response to Parton’s song. The song is sung from Jolene’s point of view, where she sings to ‘Diane’, Parton’s character, and states that she did not know that ‘her man’ was her man. Cam noted to Rolling Stone Country that the song is her “response to Dolly Parton’s ‘Jolene.’ It’s the apology so many spouses deserve, but never get. The other woman is coming forward to break the news to the wife about an affair, respecting her enough to have that hard conversation, once she realized he was married. Because everyone should be able to decide their own path in life, based on the truth. Women especially should do this for each other, since our self-worth can still be so wrapped up in our partners. And in true country fashion, I’ve set the whole raw story to upbeat music, so you can dance while you process it all.”

Listen to JimBob’s Music Massacre featuring Dolly Parton’s song Jolene below (SoundCloud version further down or DOWNLOAD MP3 HERE NOW!!):


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JimBob’s Music Massacre S01 E03  – Dolly Parton & S-Club 7

JimBob’s Music Massacre S01 E03 – Dolly Parton & S-Club 7


The third episode of comedy music podcast JimBob’s Music Massacre is out now.  The show features live music and performances by Phoebe Wright-Spinks and the hosts are joined by guest producer Mika Watkins.  The four of them discuss the music and lyrics of Dolly Parton and S-Club 7.  They also discuss listener’s comedy musical Misheardoids, various Mixedmetaphoids and the odd Pedantoid.


Dolly Parton Jolene

S Club Party

Jim Bob’s Music Massacre

Jim and Bob continue their journey in their weekly comedy music podcast as they try to decipher all those not-quite-right lyrics that musicians thought they’d got away with…until now!!

This live-music podcast analyses lyrics and sees the hosts joined by a guest musician each episode to perform the dubious segments of the songs. They then embark on light-hearted bantz and surreal tangents to make you chuckle and keep you entertained (in easily digestible, snack-sized chunks-of-content).

This week they are joined by guest artist Pheobe Wright-Spinks and guest producer Mika Watkins as they try and get to the bottom of what the ‘S’ in S-Club 7 really stands for and what sort of party an S-Club party really is. They also debate whether or not Dolly Parton was just being hyper-paranoid in her heartfelt song to Jolene.  Please sign-up to our mailing list to get new content as soon as it is fresh and also like and share to spread the word about JimBob’s Music Massacre comedy music podcast!!

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