Dolly Parton was singing about working women long before she wrote "9 to 5
" for the secretarial revenge comedy of the same name. In this tune from her ninth solo album, she tells the story of an average working girl trying to make ends meet "in this charge-account, credit-card, Pay-for-it-a-little-at-a-time world."
"A little at a time is how you live your life," Dolly explained in her 2020 book, Songteller
. "The song has things in it that everybody goes through, every single day. People go in debt for the things they want. It's about people just trying to get by, every day. I love my working-girl songs."