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Revisit Miley Cyrus' Famous Cover of Her Godmother Dolly Parton's Hit "Jolene"

The former The Voice Coach has covered the country classic on many occasions. 

By Jackie Manno

Miley Cyrus's voice was made for covering classic country tunes!

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In 2012, the former The Voice Coach (Seasons 11 & 13), put a unique spin on her godmother Dolly Parton's hit "Jolene." During the performance, Cyrus used the perfect amount of rasp in her voice. Her voice climbed to the high notes with ease while she pulled off some impressive riffs. 

The song is a frequent favorite for Cyrus to cover, as she also performed another show-stopping rendition at the 2019 Glastonbury festival, and again with Parton herself during the epic Miley's New Years Eve party special in 2022

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What to know about "Jolene" by Dolly Parton

Miley Cyrus and Dolly Parton posing next to each other for a photo.

One of Parton's biggest hits to date, "Jolene" is a single off of her 1973 album of the same name. Lyrically, it tells the story of Parton pleading with a woman named Jolene, fearful that her husband is going to fall in love with her. The song reached the number one position on the Billboard Country Songs chart, and in 2021, Rolling Stone listed it on the 63rd position on its "500 Greatest Songs of All Time" list. According to the outlet, Parton was inspired to write the song after a bank teller kept flirting with her husband. 

"He just loved going to the bank because she paid him so much attention. It was kinda like a running joke between us,” Parton said. 

Other covers of the song include versions by The White Stripes, Lil Nas X, Pentatonix, and more. AGT 17 Finalists Chapel Hart auditioned with their own original song, "You Can Have Him, Jolene", which they wrote as an homage to the original. It earned them a Golden Buzzer and praise from Parton herself.

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The lyrics to "Jolene" by Dolly Parton

Jolene, Jolene, Jolene, Jolene
I'm begging of you please don't take my man
Jolene, Jolene, Jolene, Jolene
Please don't take him just because you can

Your beauty is beyond compare
With flaming locks of auburn hair
With ivory skin and eyes of emerald green
Your smile is like a breath of spring
Your voice is soft like summer rain
And I cannot compete with you
Jolene

He talks about you in his sleep
And there's nothing I can do to keep
From crying when he calls your name
Jolene

And I can easily understand
How you could easily take my man
But you don't know what he means to me
Jolene

Jolene, Jolene, Jolene, Jolene
I'm begging of you please don't take my man
Jolene, Jolene, Jolene, Jolene
Please don't take him just because you can

You could have your choice of men
But I could never love again
He's the only one for me
Jolene

I had to have this talk with you
My happiness depends on you
And whatever you decide to do
Jolene

Jolene, Jolene, Jolene, Jolene
I'm begging of you please don't take my man
Jolene, Jolene, Jolene, Jolene
Please don't take him even though you can
Jolene, Jolene

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