Dolly Parton’s ‘Jolene’ Played At 33 RPM Is Haunting And Surreal

“Jolene” is one of Dolly Parton’s most famous songs. Released in 1973, its upbeat tempo encourages people to tap their feet while she tells a heartbreaking story.

Released in 1973, Dolly Parton herself wrote “Jolene.” In 2004, the song was ranked one of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time by Rolling Stone.

Jolene is a beautiful woman that’s caught the attention of Parton’s man. Claiming she pales in comparison, Parton tells a story of a red-headed woman at the bank who was trying to hook up with Dolly’s husband. Apparently “Jolene” is based on a true story.

Dolly Parton Singing “Jolene” Live

Here’s the original version with Dolly singing it live.

While it’s a sad song, it’s certainly peppy enough to sway your hips to.

Slow the song down to 33 rates per minute, however, and Parton’s pleas tug at our hearts a little too much. Her voice is drawn out and even sounds a bit masculine. One could even say it’s a bit macabre.

Maybe it’s time to try that with more vinyl records, especially since they’re making a big comeback.

“Jolene” Slowed Down to 33 RPM

Watch this amazing video to hear “Jolene” slowed down to 33 RPM.

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