Dolly Parton’s Haunting Rendition Of A Folk Song Her Mama Sang Brings Stephen Colbert To Tears

While promoting her new book, Dolly Parton brought late night host Stephen Colbert to tears with a folk song her mama used to sing.

Dolly Parton’s new book explores her special ability to tell stories through music. She is known for stirring up a lot of emotions, especially with personal songs relating to her family and childhood. A recent impromptu performance of a folk song her mama used to sing even brought Stephen Colbert to tears. 

Dolly Parton’s Promotes New Book On Stephen Colbert

74-year-old Dolly Parton appeared on “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert” to promote her new book “Songteller: My Life in Lyrics.” This book gives fans a front row seat to her life as a songwriter.

The “Jolene” singer explained that even when she writes simple and sweet songs, they can be transformed and given a different life and meaning when sung by someone else.

Whitney Houston’s rendition of the Dolly classic “I Will Always Love You” proves that.

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Dolly Parton got her love of music from her mother who always sang old folk tunes that the artist describes as “plum pitiful.” Sad songs can really stir up memories and hit you hard in the feelings.

Dolly Parton’s Impromptu Folk Song Brings Stephen Colbert To Tears 

That’s what happened when the Country legend started singing “Bury Me Beneath the Willow.”

The folk song focuses on a woman who makes the decision to end her life after being left at the altar. Back at that time, being jilted at the last minute was something many women could not overcome. 

The Tennessee native’s off the cuff performance was so emotion that Colbert had to whip out a Kleenex to wipe away tears.

“Aw, you’re crying?” Dolly Parton asked Stephen Colbert before she stepped on the gas of his tear ducts and continued singing. 

She eventually relented in the talk show host’s best interests.

“So I better hush before you cry yourself to death and you can’t finish the show!” she told Colbert. 

You can watch her tear inducing performance in the tweeted video below. 

Finding Joy In The Hard Times

Dolly understands the pandemic has been hard on many people. It’s hard being isolated or worried about your family’s health or jobs.

She is a positive person and trying to make something good of the situation so Dolly is taking this time to write songs. 

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While her songs might bring us to tears at times, her music is always a joy to listen to.

You can watch more of Dolly Parton’s interview with Stephen Colbert in the video below. 

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