This Country chart-topper uses second-hand merchandise in a bargain store as a metaphor for a woman damaged by a relationship.
The song includes the line "My life is like unto a bargain store." Mojo magazine June 2008 asked Dolly Parton whether the use of the word 'unto' was giving an archaic, Biblical eternal weight to a dime-store confession, or simply she needed two syllables to make the line scan? Parton replied: "No, I purposely did it. I could have said any number of things - it's easier to sing My life is like a bargain store. I like doing old-timey songs. It's in that minor key, which sounds old world to me, that lonesome drone- it could be a sitar or something."
This was used on Stranger Things in the season 1 episode "The Monster." It plays as Nancy and Jonathan are stocking up on gear to trap the Demogorgon.
Brenda from Ocala, FlI always believed the lyrics to be, "liken to" not "like unto".
Mark from Boston, MaA number of country radio stations refused to play "The Bargain Store" when they mistook its lines (particularly "you can easily afford the price") as a reference to prostitution. Country radio was still pretty conservative in 1975. Just the same, the song became Parton's fourth consecutive number one single since late 1973.