Stephen Colbert Moved To TEARS During Dolly Parton Interview

Brenda Watkins
October 23, 2020

She has a new album of Christmas carols entitled "A Holly Dolly Christmas,"With both standards and tracks written by Parton".

The country legend's story about "Bury Me Beneath the Willows" and its significance to her is one of the many stories her fans can expect to read in her book "Storyteller: My Life in Lyrics".

Less than a verse into "Burt Me Beneath the Willow" - a folk tune about a woman's suicide that Parton's mom would sing to her as a child - Colbert laughed in an attempt to hold back tears, an effort that didn't work for very long.

"I really think of myself as a song teller, 'cause I write songs but I tell stories in my song", Parton said to start the interview when discussing the meaning of her new book. "Like a lot of Americans", he said, "I'm under a lot of stress right now, Dolly".

Dolly Parton's vocals were enough to make a grown man cry Tuesday on "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert". "You got under my trip wire right there, that was pretty handsome". He asked Parton about the title of her book.

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He added: "Isn't it fun that sometimes there is nothing happier than crying?"

Dolly understood, telling the 56-year-old host she's also been moved to tears by the power of music.

"Yeah, I think it cleanses your soul", Parton said. Water washes it out. "So many of those songs were sad, and as I say, some of them just 'plum pitiful'". The book is set for release on November 17, but is available for pre-order now; a deluxe edition of the book will be release on January 19, 2021, Parton's 75th birthday.

Parton joked, "It's good to be quiet before he dies, and we can't finish the show", cutting the song short.

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