Dolly Parton Didn’t Know Beyoncé Was Rewriting Jolene

Dolly says in the interlude, “Hey, Miss Honey Bey. It’s Dolly P. You know that hussy with the good hair you sang about? Reminded me of someone I knew back when. Except she has flaming locks of auburn hair. Bless her heart. Just a hair of a different color, but it hurts just the same.” Dolly is referencing “Becky with the good hair,” a figure Beyoncé referenced throughout her 2016 album Lemonade, which charted how she navigated her husband Jay Z’s infidelity.

In Beyoncé’s version of “Jolene,” she switches up some of Dolly’s classic lyrics. Instead of begging “Jolene” not to “take” her man, Beyoncé warns her not to “come for” him, singing: “Takes more than beauty and seductive stares / To come between a family and a happy man / Jolene, I’m a woman too / Thе games you play are nothing new / So you don’t want no heat with me, Jolene.”

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