Just a few years earlier, country radio stations were reluctant to play Dolly Parton's "The Bargain Store
," where she compares herself to used merchandise, because they misinterpreted her lyrics as being sexually suggestive. But with "It's All Wrong, But It's All Right," which finds the singer having a one-night stand to assuage her loneliness, her intentions were clear.
"I never meant nothin' dirty in ['The Bargain Store']. In 'It's All Wrong, But It's All Right,' I really did," Dolly told Playboy
in 1978. "I meant for it to be what it was. You know, what people call makin' love to somebody you're not married to. With lyrics like, 'Hello, are you free tonight?/I like your looks, I love your smile/could I use you for a while?' Just how plain can I be? But I thought the times would laugh at that. But there was some question about it. Even in this day and time, when you can say everything, country music is a little bit more delicate and I respect that."