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The Only One For Me, Jolene

The Only One For Me, Jolene

Update: 2019-11-1967
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One of Dolly’s most iconic and successful songs is “Jolene,” a song that, at first listen, is about a romantic rival trying to steal her man: a prime example of the classic “cheating song.”  But some see it as flipping a popular country music trope on its head. This idea takes shape when Nadine Hubbs, a professor at the University of Michigan, writes a fourth verse to “Jolene," which makes us reimagine Dolly's songs in entirely new ways. 

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Alegra MBL

I think whether or not you agree with the adoration / love factor (I agree a bit of a stretch), the bigger point to me was that Dolly didn't "hate" on the other woman, as basically every other "other woman" song does.

Dec 29th
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jackieblue361

I love this podcast!

Nov 27th
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JML

I am glad so many are in agreement with me about that cringe worthy interpretation of Jolene. Nadine is a case in point example of the trouble with the academic approach.

Nov 26th
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Rebecca A

Nadine's interpretation didn't resonate with me, but the interpretation of the song at the end did. That just made me love the song.

Nov 20th
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Rhiannon Vulpēs Stark

the Jolene remix that I'm after is more like the audio at 34:01...not the dance version!

Nov 20th
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Kristen Dockery Nguyen

This was way too much of a reach!

Nov 19th
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Tuesday Hall

I don't agree with Nadine's interpretation of "Jolene". I always assumed the speaker in Jolene was a quiet and understated woman with low self esteem who doesn't believe she is enough for her husband despite her unwavering love for him. I think her comments on Jolene's appearance comes from a place of jealousy, not desire or attraction. That's just my opinion.

Nov 19th
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