In Beyoncé's "Jolene" Cover, She Reimagines Dolly Parton's Hit

If Jolene wasn't already scared of Dolly Parton, she must be hiding now because Beyoncé is chasing her. As the Beyhive has long speculated and Parton herself has teased, Bey is covering the country legend's 1973 hit "Jolene" on her new album , Cowboy Carter . But the singer interpreted the song with an updated narrative.

Parton introduced "Jolene" on the interlude "Dolly P," a subtle nod to Beyoncé's "Sorry" from her 2016 Lemonade album. The song became famous as "Becky with the Beautiful Hair" after the singer revealed her husband Jay-Z's infidelity.

"Hey Miss Honey B, I'm Dolly P," Parton greeted the singer. "Do you know that woman with the beautiful hair you sing about? Reminds me of someone I used to know, only she had a lock of fiery red auburn hair. Bless her heart. Just one hair is a different color, but The pain is the same."

How Beyoncé Transformed 'Jolene'

Dolly Parton performs at an NFL game in November 2023 . Brandon Sloter/Getty Images Sport/Getty Images

"Dolly P" transitions directly into "Jolene," which is modernized but still country-style. While the melody and classic melody remained the same, Beyoncé reworked "Jolene" to fit her own story, singing it from the perspective of a wife and mother to a random woman trying to steal her husband of many years.

"We've been in love for 20 years," she sings in the first verse. "I raised that man, I raised his children, I know my man better than he knows himself." Bay didn't beg Jolene to let her keep her man, but threatened her to leave, otherwise - no need." please". "Jolene, Jolene, Jolene, Jolene, I'm warning you, don't come get my man," the chorus now begins.

The connection to "Sorry" seems intentional, with "Jolene" acting as if Bay is speaking to "Becky with the Nice Hair" for the last time and telling her to stay away now that she's reconciled with her husband. “I’ve made it through those valleys, the highs and lows and everything in between,” she sings on the bridge. “You do roll in like tumbling weeds, good and happy, for you can’t dig up the seeds we plant.”

Beyonce's "Jolene" Lyrics

Read Beyonce's revised lyrics to "Jolene" below.

Jolene, Jolene, Jolene, Jolene
I'm warning you, don't come and get my man (Qiao Lin)
Jolene, Jolene, Jolene, Jolene
Don't take a chance because you think you can
you are incomparably beautiful
It takes more than just beauty and seductive looks
between a family and a happy man
Qiao Lin, I am a woman too
There’s nothing new about the game you’re playing
So you don't want to be with me, Jolene
We have been in love for 20 years
I raised that man, I raised his children
I know my man better than he knows himself (ha, wait)
It's easy for me to understand why you are attracted to my man
But you don't want this smoke, so shoot for someone else (you heard me)
Jolene, Jolene, Jolene, Jolene
I warn you, woman, find your own man
Jolene, I know I'm the queen, Jolene
I'm still a creole banger bitch from Louisiana (don't try me)
There are a thousand girls in every room acting just as desperate as you
You're a bird, keep singing your tune, Jolene (What?)
I have to talk to you because I hate playing dumb.
Your peace depends on how you move, Jolene
Me and my man across those valleys
The highs and lows and everything in between
You did roll in like a tumbling weed.
I slept happily because you can't dig up the seeds we planted
I know my man will be standing next to me breathing my breeze (ugh)
I walked through those valleys
The highs and lows and everything in between
You did roll in like a tumbling weed.
Good and happy because you can't dig out the seeds we planted
Jolene, Jolene, Jolene, Jolene, Jolene
I will support her and she will support me, Jolene
I'll support him, he'll support me (I'll support her, she'll support me)
I will support him and he will support me, Jolene