In order to connect with the stories she tells, Dolly often sings from the perspective of the characters in her songs; she's been a child, a prostitute ("My Blue Ridge Mountain Boy
"), a gold digger ("I'll Oil Wells Love You
"), a drifter ("Gypsy, Joe And Me
"), and an alcoholic ("Wino"), among other roles. She explained in Songteller
: "One of the reasons I love being a songwriter is because I become all of these characters I write about. It satisfies my restless soul and keeps me out of trouble. Because I can just be whatever I want to be."