Sad Ass Songs

Sad Ass Songs

Update: 2019-10-15143
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We begin with a simple question: How did the queen of the boob joke become a feminist icon? Helen Morales, author of “Pilgrimage to Dollywood,” gave us a stern directive – look at the lyrics! So we dive into Dolly’s discography, starting with the early period of what Dolly calls “sad ass songs” to find remarkably prescient words of female pain, slut-shaming, domestic violence, and women being locked away in asylums by cheating husbands. We explore how Dolly took the centuries-old tradition of the Appalachian “murder ballad”—an oral tradition of men singing songs about brutally killing women—and flipped the script, singing from the woman’s point of view. And as her career progresses, the songs expand beyond the pain to tell tales of leaving abuse behind.


How can such pro-woman lyrics come from someone who despises the word feminism? Dolly explains.  

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BC

Those Appalachian mountain songs are so violent.

Mar 7th
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BruhBroHo

more dolly, less everyone else

Jan 21st
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Whitney Brooke

the part talking about the history of the old mountain songs...very interesting. didn't know some of these went back as far as 1600s

Dec 10th
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YOU KNOW YOU LIT

NESTOR BISCAY ONE

Oct 29th
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Mark Lafhameyer

I've never heard Dolly Parton and her music laid out in such a deep liberal perspective. ugh. Half this crap was purely other people defining leftist ideology by way of Dolly Parton. Half way to the end, they weren't even talking about Dolly anymore... lol. This was a waste of time.

Oct 25th
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Kay Belmoroe

I didn't know those Appalachian mountain songs were so dark, and had such old roots stemming from hanging someone for homicide. I'm going to be finding more of Dolly's early sad songs, they're so dark and different.

Oct 22nd
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Amy Zumwalt

Helen Morales didn’t need to quote her songs took away from the songs

Oct 21st
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Tuesday Hall

I didn't love how they had Helen Morales speaking the lyrics over the song. It was repetitive and corny. One or the other would have sufficed. Loving this podcast so far, though.

Oct 15th
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Sad Ass Songs

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