Dolly Parton says this song has a “healing effect” on people
Dolly Parton has been making music for decades. Many fans look to Parton’s songs to help them through joyful and painful times. The country music star says one of his songs is so special it has a “healing” effect. Here’s what she revealed about the popular song.
Dolly Parton doesn’t see a therapist
If Parton needs emotional healing, she doesn’t see a therapist. In his book Dolly Parton, singer: My life in words, Parton explains why therapy just isn’t for her. She says she feels lonely sometimes, but she doesn’t need to go to therapy to deal with it. For her, writing songs and playing guitar is all she needs to feel better.
In his book, Parton says that “songwriting becomes therapy”. She reveals that she never made an appointment with a therapist because she thinks songwriting “cures” her. Parton goes on to say that she can “lift herself” with her guitar, songwriting and her gift for rhyme.
This song has a ‘healing’ effect on people, says Dolly Parton
If you need emotional “healing”, Parton has the song for you. She says her song “Coat of Many Colors” has a “healing effect” on people. In the song, which is based on a real experience from Parton’s childhood, she talks about being bullied.
In Singer, Parton explains that his mother made him a little coat that had many different colors. His mother told him the story of the biblical character Joseph and his many-colored coat. Parton says she was proud of the coat, but when she wore it to school, the kids laughed at her. They even locked her in a coat closet. Parton, who described the incident as “traumatic”, says she was upset by her mother afterwards. However, his mother told him not to think of himself as poor because wealth “is not measured in dollars”.
Parton says people often come up to her and tell her the song has helped them. “It teaches about bullying, about love, about acceptance, about good parenting,” Parton says in his book. In his book dream more, Parton says “Coat of Many Colors” is healing because it addresses a feeling that many people have had. She says teachers contacted her to say they used the song to teach their class about bullying and respecting differences in others. Parton’s song was later made into a children’s book.
What Dolly Parton learned from her mother
Parton says she learned many valuable lessons from her mother. An important lesson she learned was about acceptance and understanding. She says her mother “knew exactly what I was talking about”. For Parton, that was important, because her mother’s understanding came at a time when she says people misunderstood her. Parton felt seen and heard by her mother, which helped her through difficult times.
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