Dolly Parton Has A Secret Song That May Only Be Released After She’s Died

Dolly Parton has confirmed the existence of a secret song she's recorded to be released after she dies.
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Dolly Parton has revealed that she has a secret song that may only be released after she dies.

Parton, 77, is one of music’s true legends – she’s sold more than 100 million records worldwide, making her one of the best-selling artists of all time.

She’s also had 110 career-charted singles over the past 40 years, and has composed over 3,000 songs over her prolific career.

If Parton’s not smashing out hits like  ‘Jolene’, ‘9 to 5’ and ‘Islands in the Stream’, she’s opening venues like Dollywood Theme Park and Splash Country Waterpark.

And if she’s not doing that, then the ‘Coats of Many Colors’ singer is speaking out for LGBTQ rights, and even funding the Moderna Covid vaccine!

But music indeed remains the most iconic string to Parton’s bow.

And now she’s revealed she has a secret song that she only plans to release after her death…

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Parron revealed during a podcast called Dolly Parton’s America that she actually has an extensive archive of songs that she’s not yet released.

“There’s enough stuff to go on forever with my music, to do compilation albums, to do, actually, new and original stuff, and I am purposely trying to put songs down for that very purpose,” the singer explained.

“To have a click track and my vocals, to where any arrangement can be done. So I think ahead.”

The reason she’s curating this archive is that in the hands of the right producer, it could offer fans a whole host of new Parton tracks – after her death.

Dolly Parton
Dolly Parton has a secret song that will only be released when she dies. Credit: Alamy

“Anybody could produce that. Anyone, any producer in the world… a hotshot producer, when I’m gone, they could take my songs, just the click track of my vocal, and build a complete arrangement around that. So that will go on forever,” she revealed.

Dolly thinks of this organisation as a gift to her fans, adding: “I’m one of those people that believe in being prepared. I don’t ever wanna leave my stuff in the same shape like Prince, or Aretha, or anybody that don’t plan ahead.”

On The Kelly Clarkson Show, Dolly also revealed that there is one finished track in the archive, ready for release when she passes.

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“I put that in the box, but I had to write this song that nobody was gonna hear ‘til then. And I tell you, you have no idea how much that has bothered me. I wanna go dig that up so bad and think, ‘Well I need to use that song, cause like, you know, and it’s a really good song’,” she told Clarkson.

“Hopefully it’ll be special.

“It was an odd feeling to be asked to write a song that was not going to be heard.”

Watch the heartwarming interview here …

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Written by Annie Walton Doyle

Annie Walton Doyle is a content editor at IGV who specialises in trending, lifestyle and entertainment news. She graduated from Goldsmiths, University of London, with a degree in English Literature. Annie has previously worked with organisations such as The Huffington Post, The Guardian, The Telegraph, Harvard University, the Pulitzer Prize and 22 Words.