Yes, I know, country is usually not in my playlist. I'm just not a country person. But then again, I didn't "discover" this song from a country singer. I did so from Red when she sang end card credits for her video about Aphrodite (linked after Dolly!)
Today's song is Dolly Parton's Jolene. I'd heard the song in passing for years but never paid it any attention. Then I listened to Red and, for the first time, took in the words. That forced me to seek out Dolly Parton's original so I could hear the entire thing.
I'd never known the circumstances of the song, just the superficial bits; a woman doesn't want another woman to take her man. Typical country song. Whatever. But listening to it, actually absorbing the words, it's so much more than that. I really only have one thing I can liken it to.
If you're a fan of the anime Trigun, you might remember a scene where the main character Vash strips naked and barks like a dog to save the lives of some innocent people. Without hesitation. Without question. They threaten and he strips. Why? Because their lives were worth far more to him than his own pride.
In this song the singer is talking directly to Jolene and admitting to her that she, the singer, cannot compete. That Jolene is prettier, more pleasant, and just better all around. But she loves her man so much that she's willing to set her pride aside and literally beg Jolene not to take him away. Her love is more important than her pride. I... absolutely love that.
Yes, I will be working this sentiment into my story.
Please enjoy BOTH Jolene by Dolly Parton and Overly Sarcastic Production's video on Aphrodite (in which Red sings Jolene.)
Keep your eyes open for my debut novel, The Paladin.