Can You Complete All of the Lyrics to These Dolly Parton Songs?

Zoe Samuel

Jolene, Jolene, Jolene, Joleeeeene, I'm begging of you please ____.

Jolene, Jolene, Jolene, Joleeeeene, I'm begging of you please don't take my man! "Jolene" remains one of Parton's most successful songs.

Our D-I-V-O-R-C-E becomes final today, Me and little J-O-E will ____.

Our D-I-V-O-R-C-E becomes final today, Me and little J-O-E will be going away. This song has been parodied ad nauseum.

...and while you're on your knees, Mama ____.

...and while you're on your knees, Mama say a special prayer for me. This is about going to the big city and then missing your small town roots.

No amount of money could pay me, To _____.

This is from the song In The Good Old Days (When Times Were Bad). Parton did not have rose-tinted glasses about small-town America.

Don't think I'm dumb, Cause this dumb blonde _____.

This song plays into the stereotype that has always dogged Parton. Dumb Blonde is a response to it.

And then you have the nerve to tell me as a mother you think that I ain't fit, Well this is _____.

...and you're all Harper Valley hypocrites! A Peyton Place is a little and tirvial place full of gossip and secrets.

We got no money but ____, That's one thing that we've got a-plenty of

This is from Poor Folks Town. It's about people who may not have much, but they certainly have each other.

Starting over again, Where do you begin, You've never been ____.

This song is called Starting Over Again. It's about how hard it is to pick up the pieces after a messy divorce.

But I'll keep leanin' on sweet Jesus, I know He'll love and guide and lead us, _____ keep me strong.

But I'll keep leanin' on sweet Jesus, I know He'll love and guide and lead us, Appalachian memories keep me strong! This is a classic Parton song about small-town values and good honest folks!

Workin' 9 to 5, What a way to make a livin', Barely gettin' by, ____

This song was considered robbed of the Oscar when it was nominated in 1980. It lost to the title song from "Fame".

Fine and Dandy, Lord it's like a _____, I'm barely getting through tomorrow.

This is from the song Hard Candy Christmas, which follows in a grand tradition of being somewhat about alcohol. The song is from the musical "The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas".

Last night you said I love you, ____ on your mind...

Last night you said I love you, With Barbara on your mind ... Another Parton classic about ladies losing their men to other ladies!

I broke his heart severely, When I left my _____

I broke his heart severely, When I left my Blue Ridge Mountain boy ... The Blue Ridge Mountains are a portion of the Appalachians.

Lost and lonely waitin' in line at the ticket desk, Hey mister won't you give me _____.

Lost and lonely waitin' in line at the ticket desk, Hey mister won't you give me a one-way ticket on the Heartbreak Express! Another song about heartbreak!

You know last night I went to sleep in Detroit city, And I dreamed about those ____.

You know last night I went to sleep in Detroit city, And I dreamed about those cotton fields and home. It's more longing for a place back home.

She's a working girl, she is single and free, She's a mother and wife and ____.

She's a working girl, she is single and free, She's a mother and wife and she's proud to be! This song strikes back against those who mock women for taking care of themselves.

Many years you have lingered around my cabin door%0DHush a bye hard times, ____.

Many years you have lingered around my cabin door, Hush a bye hard times, Come ye no more! Having made it, Parton certainly doesn't want to return to the poverty of her roots.

My mistakes are no worse than yours, Just because ____.

My mistakes are no worse than yours, Just because I'm a woman! Here, Parton engages in her frequent role of pushing back against double standards.

Each new love I find, Turns out to be the wrong kind, And it looks like I'll just have to ____.

Each new love I find, Turns out to be the wrong kind, And it looks like I'll just have to love and learn! Parton's classic flair for making art out of heartbreak strikes again.

On the floor, by the door, I'll be down on my knees, Cause the only way out, Is to ____!

On the floor, by the door, I'll be down on me knees, Cause the only way out, Is to walk over me! Parton shows willing to go to the mat rather than give up her true love.

Some day you'll find you miss the kiss that you're ____...

Some day you'll find you miss the kiss that you're forever turnin' down ... If you are foolish enough to leave Dolly Parton, it's probably true that one day soon, you will miss her.

I've given ____, And I have taken all that I can take...

I've given all that I can give, And I have taken all that I can take! This is about what Parton thinks one should go through before giving up on a relationship.

But leave me tomorrow, You've ____.

But leave me tomorrow, You've hurt me enough today! Finally the singer has snapped and is not willing to work further on the relationship!

Cause I don't want to throw rice, I want to ____.

Cause I don't want to throw rice, I want to throw rocks at her! Nobody likes the woman who takes her true love away!

I was rich as I could be, In my____.

I was rich as I could be, In my coat of many colors... This returns to Parton's theme of how poverty does not have to mean a lack of dignity or love.

But he's a go getter, a go getter, When his wife gets off from work, _____...

But he's a go getter, a go getter, When his wife gets off from work, he'll go get her ... A lovely wordplay here about a supportive husband.

...a hungry little boy with a runny nose, Plays in the street as the cold wind blows, _____.

...a hungry little boy with a runny nose, Plays in the street as the cold wind blows, In the ghetto. Generally Parton writes about the rural poor, but this time she focused on the urban.

'Cause Jesus knows, He knows that you are coming, And Heaven's ____.

'Cause Jesus knows, He knows that you are coming, And Heaven's just a prayer away! Parton very often calls on her faith, this song being another example.

When he left he left with me so many memories, He left them hanging ____.

When he left he left with me so many memories, He left them hanging on the walls of my mind. Another return to form as we talk heartbreak!

Heartbreaker, wish that I had seen that love was blind, ____, takin my heart and leave me behind...

Heartbreaker, wish that I had seen that love was blind, Sweet little love maker, takin my heart and leave me behind. Again, more heartbreak.

Cause I finally made it to what they all call the big time, But I still remember I still owe some _____.

Cause I finally made it to what they all call the big time, But I still remember I still owe some nickels and dimes. Parton is very keen on ensuring that she never forgets her roots!

I was Mogen David wine, He was Chablis fifty-nine, But there we sat, The ____.

I was Mogen David wine, He was Chablis fifty-nine, But there we sat, The cowgirl and the dandy! Parton is all about dating outside of her own background here.

Your love lifted me higher than I've never been lifted before, So ____...

"Your love lifted me higher than I've never been lifted before, So keep it up... feel my desires and I'd be at your side for ever more." Finally, Parton writes a happy song!

...who can tell what waits beyond this road, I'm a drifter, a driftin' drifter, Got no one to call ____.

"...who can tell what waits beyond this road, I'm a drifter, a driftin' drifter, Got no one to call my own no more." This lyric is a little more idiomatic than some.

When he reaches out to me I'm never out of reach, And I always want to be____...

"When he reaches out to me I'm never out of reach, And I always want to be in Bobby's arms..." Another happy song! Parton does occasionally write about relationships that work out.

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About This Quiz

Dolly Parton is a cultural icon. A poor girl from the wrong side of the tracks, she was born in Tennessee and built an empire as a singer and songwriter whose songs spoke the truth about where she came from. Her music resonated with people who, like her, had been forgotten, who toiled in backbreaking jobs and who faced governments that didn't care about them as their lives were often uprooted and derailed by alcoholism, job loss, divorce and death. She made the case that they mattered, that they weren't just hillbillies and rednecks who could be ignored. She could make their stories important, uplifting and beautiful, because she had lived that story herself.

Parton is famous not just for her talent, but also for her tenacity in the face of personal loss, as well as her wit - as she famously put it, "It takes a lot of money to look this cheap." She is also noted for her remarkable generosity, as she gives a great deal of money to help poor children who have a bad start in life gain access to literacy and numeracy programs. Indeed, her songs are not her only legacy, as dazzling as they are. Let's see how well you remember them!

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