Jolene by Dolly Parton

Jolene is a song written and performed by American country music artist Dolly Parton. This page provides information about the song and links to the lyrics and the official video.

Jolene by Dolly Parton


Beginner and intermediate students.

Facts about the song

  • Song: Jolene
  • Album: Jolene
  • Date of release: October 1973
  • Genre: Country pop, bluegrass
  • Writer: Dolly Parton
  • Produced by: Bob Ferguson

Interesting information about the song

The song "Jolene" tells the tale of a woman confronting Jolene, a very beautiful woman, whom she thinks is trying to steal away her man and begging her no t to do so

"please don't take him just because you can"

According to Parton, the song was inspired by a red-headed bank clerk who flirted with her husband Carl Dean at his local bank branch around the time they were newly married. In an interview, she also revealed that Jolene's name and appearance are based on that of a young fan who came on stage for her autograph.

The video

The Video

The lyrics

Full lyrics of this song

Language points

The song includes many interesting language points:

Eexpressions that may be useful to students:

  • 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

Source: Wikipedia

More lyrics here