New Book To Share Stories Behind Dolly Parton’s Lyrics

A new book will delve into the stories behind many of Dolly Parton‘s song lyrics. Parton teamed with acclaimed music journalist, historian and author Robert K. Oermann for Dolly Parton, Songteller: My Life in Lyrics, which will release Nov. 17 via Chronicle Books.

“My songs are like my children, I expect them to support me when I’m old,” Parton said in a video posted to Chronicle Books’ Twitter page. “Across my life I’ve written thousands of songs. But here, for the first time ever, we’re spotlighting 200 of my favorites.”

The book will also include never-before-seen photos and handwritten lyrics to some of the songs from Parton’s extensive catalog. Parton is a member of the Songwriters Hall of Fame, Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Country Music Hall of Fame.

Two of her signature hits—”I Will Always Love You” and “Coat of Many Colors”—are included in the National Recording Registry, which lists sound recordings that “are culturally, historically, or aesthetically important, and/or inform or reflect life in the United States.” Parton’s “I Will Always Love You” was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2007, followed by “Jolene” in 2014.

Oermann has penned numerous books on country music, including Finding Her Voice: The Saga of Women in Country Music, which won the ASCAP Deems Taylor Award for music book excellence. He has also been a recipient of the Country Music Association’s Media Achievement Award.

Dolly Parton, Songteller: My Life in Lyrics is available for pre-order on



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