Album: Jolene (1974)
Charted: 7 60
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  • Jolene, Jolene, Jolene, Jolene
    I'm begging of you please don't take my man
    Jolene, Jolene, Jolene, Jolene
    Please don't take him just because you can

    Your beauty is beyond compare
    With flaming locks of auburn hair
    With ivory skin and eyes of emerald green
    Your smile is like a breath of spring
    Your voice is soft like summer rain
    And I cannot compete with you

    He talks about you in his sleep
    And there's nothing I can do to keep
    From crying when he calls your name

    And I can easily understand
    How you could easily take my man
    But you don't know what he means to me

    Jolene, Jolene, Jolene, Jolene
    I'm begging of you please don't take my man
    Jolene, Jolene, Jolene, Jolene
    Please don't take him just because you can

    You could have your choice of men
    But I could never love again
    He's the only one for me

    I had to have this talk with you
    My happiness depends on you
    And whatever you decide to do

    Jolene, Jolene, Jolene, Jolene
    I'm begging of you please don't take my man
    Jolene, Jolene, Jolene, Jolene
    Please don't take him even though you can
    Jolene, Jolene

Comments: 20

  • Luke Lee from London, UkGrew up with this, Mum played it so much.
  • Melinda from AustraliaDolly Parton has since shared that ‘jolene’ was a young girl who worked at the bank her and her husband used, early in their marriage. Back In the early 1970’s.
    However, the young bank girl wasn’t called Jolene. Dolly Parton states she was a red head, who Dolly became aware her husband was flirting with all the time. Dolly became very anxious about losing her husband.
    Dolly Parton has a particularly good and long marriage.
    He has always been a farmer. And she has always been an entertainer. And They have a big farm.
    They have had an unusually successful marriage for people in the music industry.
    From what I remember reading, Dolly Parton did not go berserk when she discovered this flirting going on. She approached the tricky situation very carefully. She said it was the only time in her marriage she had to worry.
  • Jennifur Sun from RamonaCrackerstar AMEN my second fav song of Miss Dolly. the other, which I wish i could find out if there is a story behind it, is Melina.
  • Ronnie from Springfield MaI had a girlfriend her name was Jolene we were middle school lovers she was 15 and I was 13 crazy things happen when I first heard this song I wanted her back in my arms one last time.
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn April 20th 1959, Louisiana's Goldband Records released "Puppy Love" by Dolly Parton; she was thirteen years old at the time but it was actually recorded two years earlier...
    Eight years later in 1967 she would have her first nationally charted record, "Dumb Blonde", it peaked at #24 on Billboard's Hot Country Singles chart...
    And in 1973 she made Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart for the first time with "Jolene", it reached #60...
    Ms. Parton celebrated her 68th birthday three months ago on January 19th.
  • Jolene from Geneva, OhMy name is Jolene... when i was little i loved this and i still do cause its the whole reason how i got my name... When i was born my dad started to sing the song and from then i was named Jolene.
  • Carolyn from Knoville, TnI had never heard the name "Jolene" before, but I thought it was a beautiful name. When my daughter was born in October 1974, I named her Jolene. Now, almost 40 years later, when we go to Dollywood, this song is still playing. We laugh about it every time we hear it, because when Jolene was growing up, all she heard from people was: "Did you know there's a song called Jolene?". Dolly is a truly gifted songwriter, singer, actress and entertainer, and a lovely person, too! She's done a lot for us here in East Tennessee!
  • Indigo from Adelaide, Australiai actually heard the white stripes cover of this song first. and, although i prefer the white stripes version, the original is also pretty good. the lyrics are great, just like pleading with jolene.
  • Crackerstar from Starville, MtThe little girl "jolene" that asked for the autograph went on to say she did not know her dad. Hence the song being created. With the intention that little girls who grow up without good father figures are quite possibly linked to the effect of stealing men from other women to fill their appitite for a male figure or the lack there of in their life. All girls need a 'present' father, without it they grow up very effected and try to fill in the void. Lesson being, do not take another womans man simply because you can. If a man is taken, respect that boundary. One's lack of a father figure should never over ride common decency.
  • Edwin from Vancouver, BcFor anyone who ever wondered how Parton became a star... an absolute killer tune. Is that her on the guitar?
  • Paul from Bucharest, RomaniaI so love this song .. but since I heard it, the white stripes version has become my fave
  • Mark from Byrdstown, TnAny time I hear this song I wonder back when she recorded this song who the heck could have taken a man away from Dolly? She was hotter than a 2 dollar pistol back in those days!
  • Darrell from Eugene, United StatesAt the time that I was romantically involved with a beautiful redhead (named Melissa, not Jolene), I also had another girlfriend who lived all the way across Oregon(naned Chandra, over 50 pounds heavier than Melissa and potentially lethal to anyone smaller than her, in other words, under 5'9" and 170 lbs), so the Jolene-esque confrontation and anything worse was thwarted. I have not seen Chandra in some time, and I assume that she is with another man in another place.
  • Andy from Arlington, Va#217 on Rolling Stone's top 500 songs.
  • Bri from Chelmsford, MaI really like the White Stripes' rendition.
  • Jillian from Portland, TxI love this song because I can simply relate. Its an awesome song.
  • Sarah Floyd from Bloomingdale, Ili like this song because its about love and she doent want this girl to take her man when they still have their relationship. and it teaches me that another woman can take your man. and you can do something about it. thats what i like about this song.
  • Evelyn from Kansas City, MoMindy Smith did an amazing cover of this song, and the video is cool becauseâ??it features Dolly!
  • Joyce from Urbandale, Ia"Just reminds me of a few insecure maneaters that I've
    had the misfortune of witnessing their shallow
    selfserving games" Reminds of my so called bestfriend whoo did'nt stop till she bagged my (now ex) fiance!"
  • Eloise from London, EnglandI love this song tho I'm not a big country fan generally. It tells a great story and my favourite line is "please don't take him, even though you can".
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