MY MUSIC

‘Together You and I’

Published May 23, 2011 / Last Updated August 23, 2015
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Team Dolly

Team Dolly is a collaboration of writers, editors, and publishers assembled by Dolly Parton Productions. Each member is dedicated to accurately publishing the latest news and historical archives of the living legend that is Dolly Rebecca Parton.

Managing Editor - Jacob Timmons
Creative Director - Sarah Chapman
Senior Editor - Amanda Webb
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Dolly re-records ‘Together You and I’ and releases it as the first single on her 41st solo album, ‘Better Day’

Together You and I” is the first single from Dolly’s 41st studio album “Better Day.” The single was released on May 23, 2011. The song was previously released in 1974 as a duet on the “Porter ‘n’ Dolly” album with Porter Wagoner. Dolly performed the new version of the song on the “Ellen Degeneres Show” (May 27, 2011) and on “The Tonight Show” with Jay Leno (July 22, 2011).

Dolly said of the song,

“‘Together You and I’ is one of my favorite love songs that I have written, and I’ve always been a sucker for romance. We all kind of have that fantasy that once you fall in love, it’s going to be forever. I think people still dream of that even when love goes bad.”

The single reached the British singles chart in 2011, peaking at No. 67.

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‘Just the Way I Am’ – Poetic Selections

Published March 1, 1979 / Last Updated August 23, 2015
Team Dolly

Team Dolly

Team Dolly is a collaboration of writers, editors, and publishers assembled by Dolly Parton Productions. Each member is dedicated to accurately publishing the latest news and historical archives of the living legend that is Dolly Rebecca Parton.

Managing Editor - Jacob Timmons
Creative Director - Sarah Chapman
Senior Editor - Amanda Webb
Team Dolly

‘Just the Way I Am’ – Poetic selections on ‘reasons to live, reasons to love and reasons to smile’ from the songs of Dolly Parton.

“Just the Way I Am” is a collection of poetry comprised of song lyrics from some of her most treasured works. It was published by Blue Mountain Arts in 1979. In the introduction Dolly writes,

“My songs are like children, I conceive a thought, I carry it in my mind for a time, and then labor to give it birth. Hope you like my kids.”

Several of the poems have recognizable titles taken from both song titles and song lyrics. Within the first section, “Reasons to Love” the reader can find “Love is like a butterfly,” “Jolene” and “Back through the years.” Additionally, “Two doors down” and “Together you and I” can be found in “Reasons to Smile.”

Her songwriting is, arguably, the heart of Dolly’s artistry and often her most beloved works were born out of real-life experiences. She has a brave honesty in her music that fans embrace. This book provides yet another avenue to experience the depth and emotion of her words.

Song lyrics from “Little Bird” found on the album “In the Good Old Days (When Times Were Bad)” can be found within the lines of this untitled poem.

“Beauty is a rare perfume, precious,
yet doesn’t last long,
and youth is but a playful breeze
that blows our way once
and moves on.

Love is a hidden treasure
and some never find where it lies,
and memory is a little bird
that flies through life
and never dies.”

Part of “Together You and I” first recorded by Dolly and Porter Wagoner can be found in this short poem.

“My love for you
is deeper than the depth of any ocean,
and as faithful as the stars
that grace the night
as constant as the sun
in its journey
through the heavens…
we will always be together,
you and I.”

The book concludes with a special section, “About the Author” followed by acknowledgments.

 

Team Dolly‘Just the Way I Am’ – Poetic Selections