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Dolly Parton responds to Beyoncé’s cover of ‘Jolene’ on ‘Cowboy Carter’

staticwire | March 29, 2024

In a surprising turn of events, Beyoncé has released a new album titled ‘Cowboy Carter’, which features a cover of Dolly Parton’s classic hit ‘Jolene’. However, fans quickly discovered that Beyoncé has rewritten the lyrics of the iconic song to address Jay-Z’s cheating scandal.

The new version of ‘Jolene’ now includes lyrics that warn someone not to come between a family and a happy man, referencing Jay-Z’s infidelity. Beyoncé sings, “Jolene, Jolene, Jolene, Jolene / I’m warnin’ you, don’t come for my man / Jolene, Jolene, Jolene, Jolene / Don’t take the chance because you think you can.”

Not only does Beyoncé touch on the cheating scandal, but she also reaffirms her love for her husband, Jay-Z, whom she has been with since 2002 and married in 2008. The lyrics express Beyoncé’s deep love for her husband of twenty years, stating, “We’ve been deep in love for twenty years / I raised that man, I raised his kids / I know my man better than he knows himself.”

This reinterpretation of ‘Jolene’ has received mixed reactions from fans and critics alike. Dolly Parton, the original singer and songwriter of ‘Jolene’, took to Instagram to share her thoughts on Beyoncé’s cover. Parton expressed that Beyoncé is giving ‘Jolene’ some trouble and indicated her approval of the song by writing, “Wow, I just heard Jolene. Beyoncé is giving that girl some trouble and she deserves it! Love, Dolly P.”

Prior to the release of ‘Cowboy Carter’, Parton had given Beyoncé her blessing for pursuing a country album. She had also encouraged fans to stream the original version of ‘Jolene’ before Beyoncé’s cover was released.

In addition to ‘Jolene’, fans have been reacting to Beyoncé’s cover of The Beatles’ ‘Blackbird’ on the album. Azealia Banks, who previously criticized Beyoncé’s new musical direction, shared her thoughts on ‘Cowboy Carter’, describing it as “white women cosplay”. Banks also commented on the absence of a KT Tunstall feature on the record, jokingly stating that she would have “jumped out of my seat” for it.

Overall, Beyoncé’s reinterpretation of ‘Jolene’ has sparked discussions about infidelity, love, and empowerment, leaving fans eagerly anticipating what the rest of ‘Cowboy Carter’ has to offer.

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