Well, not every music can become outstanding when they are played backward or more slowly, and it’s not always a recommendation to do these things, but a Parton’s hit, of course, is an exemption. Dolly Parton’s 1973 hit Jolene played at 33RPM will be one of the best things you will ever hear in your life – not only that it sounds wonderful, but also manages to give a new meaning to the song.
The New Yorker, Andrea Denhoed, dubbed as “Slow Ass Jolene” transforms Parton’s hit into something soulful and deep that can give you a sense of joy.
In its original version, “Jolene” is a straight-up song narrating a man who is obsessed with the sexy, auburn-haired Jolene, to the extreme in which the man mutters her name even in his sleep.
The original version is available below:
The song is typically about a situation where listeners can assume on about something dire. In an interview with NPR, Dolly Parton recalled a red-haired band teller who managed to develop a big thing on her husband when she was just a young bride:
“And he just loved going to the bank because she paid him so much attention. It was kinda like a running joke between us — when I was saying, ‘Hell, you’re spending a lot of time at the bank. I don’t believe we’ve got that kind of money.’ So it’s really an innocent song all around but sounds like a dreadful one.”
Though the bank teller’s name wasn’t Jolene, the song may have sounded like an autobiography in a sense.
The real Jolene was a pretty little girl who attended an early Dolly Parton concert. The little girl caught Parton’s attention during that concert, especially her unusual name, which, of course, resulted in writing a song about her.
Keep going for the slowed down version of “Jolene” and be mesmerized: