Dolly Parton Releases New Song To Help Us Get Through This Pandemic

by Cassandra Stone
Dolly Parton Releases New Song To Help Us Get Through This Pandemic
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Grab your favorite hanky before listening to this song by Dolly Parton, the best human on earth

What do we need? Dolly Parton‘s gentle, loving guidance in the way of a new song. When do we need it? RIGHT DAMN NOW. Ms. Parton is here to hold us all to her proverbial bosom and soothe us with new music right when we need it most, because if anyone is able to create meaningful art right now it’s Dolly Freaking Parton.

The legendary musician and all-around superstar dropped a new song, called “When Life Is Good Again,” exclusively to EW, but a gift to us all. The lyrics are, of course, inspirational and a kind of call to all of us to be better people when we eventually emerge from this terrifying time.

Here’s just a small sampling of what Mama Dolly promises to do and wants us all to pledge to do, too.

When life is good again

I’ll be a better friend A bigger person when Life is good again More thoughtful than I’ve been I’ll be so different then More in the moment when Life is good again

I’ll open up my heart

And let the whole world in I’ll try to make amends When life is good again

We’ve been brought to our knees

We’ve been so ill at ease There are no guarantees But you know life goes on This too shall pass away Bring new and different days We need to change our ways And right our wrongs

Dolly Parton is one of the most generous souls on the planet, and always has been. But during this pandemic, it’s evident just how pure her heart is. Back in April, she announced a new ten-week series called “Goodnight with Dolly” where she will read aloud books from her Imagination Library program.

“This is something I have been wanting to do for quite a while, but the timing never felt quite right,” Parton said at the time. “I think it is pretty clear that now is the time to share a story and to share some love. It is an honor for me to share the incredible talent of these authors and illustrators. They make us smile, they make us laugh and they make us think.”

On April 1, Parton shared that she donated $1 million of her own money to Vanderbilt University in support of coronavirus research. “My longtime friend Dr. Naji Abumrad, who’s been involved in research at Vanderbilt for many years, informed me that they were making some exciting advancements towards research of the coronavirus for a cure,” she tweeted. “I am making a donation of $1 million to Vanderbilt towards that research and to encourage people that can afford it to make donations.”

Now if you’ll excuse me, I’ll be dabbing at my eyes and listening to “When Life Is Good Again” on repeat because Dolly is the mother I never had.