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Love is Like a Butterfly - My Favorite Dolly Parton Song
Dolly Parton has such a light lilting voice when she sings the words "Love is Like a Butterfly". She really does sound as though she is flitting around like a friendly butterfly. It makes me happy whenever I hear her little trilling voice with a smile in it - you can almost see that bright smile when you hear the melody.
It's definitely my favorite Dolly Parton song, and I never get tired of hearing it, even though I first heard it about forty years ago - when she was first coming on the scene and becoming popular.
I remember driving up to Edinburgh in Scotland from London with my then-boyfriend in the mid-1980s, and we were playing this song on a tape over and over again as we drove through beautiful green countryside, passing leafy lanes and fields with cattle grazing and looking out over the fence as we went past. It made the ten-hour journey pass very pleasantly.
This Country and Western song was first released in 1974 and was the fourth of Dolly Parton's songs to reach No. 1 in the hit parade, where it remained for several weeks. It was the title track of the album of that name.
Dolly Parton has written over 3,000 songs and gained numerous accolades for her work, including various Grammy Awards and Country Music Awards. She has also appeared in several popular films, including Nine Till Five,featuring her song of that name, which became a hit,
Born n 1946, many of her songs reflect her background of childhood poverty, evangelical Christianity and folk music in the mountains of Tennessee. The song "Coat of Many Colors" is a good example of this.
I do think her appearance and dress-sense is a bit over-the-top, but her style is so exuberant that you still warm to her, and can overlook her excesses. She is famous for admitting this, commenting "It takes a lot of money to look this cheap." And, on her own admission, she has had plastic surgery for every perceived bodily imperfection (and I would say a few more besides) but, hey, that's show-business, and if that's what she wants to do, well, rather her than me!
You can enjoy more of my nostalgic music webpages here:
- Ruby, Don't Take Your Love to Town - my Favorite Sad Song
- Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Heart Clubs Band - Iconic Record Cover
- Favorites of the 1950s
The two images of Dolly Parton shown in the Poll below are from Wikipedia
Love is Like a Butterfly - One of Dolly's Most Famous Songs
Such beautiful songs, sung by someone who knows how to win over her audience with emotion.
These typical Country and Western songs are enduring because Dolly is such a good singer and her vibrant voice and personality could charm the socks off a cat.
Some videos of Dolly performing her songs:
Love is Like a Butterfly
I Will Always Love You
Coat of Many Colors
Just When I Needed You Most
Nine to Five
Nine to Five - the main song featured here
I think this is so sad, but my male counterparts think she's being a bit wimpy begging "Please don't take my man
I will Always Love You
Another sad one as they are breaking up
Coat of Many Colors - a song which exudes positivity as she thanks her impoverished Mum for making her a beautiful coat out of rags
Just When I Needed You Most - another tear-jerker
Nine to Five - a merry little song about working in an office
AppleJack - a real country song