Dolly Parton’s Coat of Many Colors

By Lauren Schwab

Dolly Parton’s story of growing up in the Tennessee Smoky Mountains is an inspiration to never forget where you came from and appreciate how it shapes you into the person you are today. “I really wanted to celebrate the people, my whole family, who made me who and what I am today,” Parton says in a press release. Her story is not a typical fairytale.

Dolly has many front porch stories on

“Among Dolly’s most cherished memories of her childhood days are the many magical moments spent on the front porch of the Parton Family’s Tennessee Mountain Home. Whether in the warmth of the afternoon sun or in the soft evening breeze, the stage was set on that cherished porch. It was where Dolly, with a tin can for a microphone and the light from a million dancing fireflies, could sing to her heart’s content and dream of taking her music to the stages of the world.

When the whole family gathered there, it was a place where laughter echoed through the hollow and captivating stories were lovingly told. Time on the front porch meant togetherness and happiness; a chance to escape from the worries of life.

Just as it was back in the hollow of East Tennessee, The Front Porch is a place where you will find many of the stories that are near and dear to Dolly; stories that are part of the fabric of one little girl’s big dreams and are woven into the living legacy that is Dolly Parton.”

The history and meaning behind Dolly Parton’s “Coat Of Many Colors”

“When Dolly’s mother took a box of rags that someone had given her and sewed them into a patchwork coat of love for her daughter, she didn’t know she was setting her on a path that would become one of the most beautifully woven tapestries in the history of American music. Dolly began songwriting at the tender age of five and has been on a magical journey of melody and rhyme ever since. Songwriting is part of the fabric of who Dolly is. For songwriters, some songs can take years to write, while others can be crafted in just a few hours. However, there are those special few that are woven in what seems to be a moment’s time. Dolly’s beloved ‘Coat of Many Colors’ is one such song.”

Dolly’s story reminds me that any thing is possible. I appreciate growing up on a farm. We aren’t rich, but we work hard for what we have. My dad started with a dream and passion for raising pigs for show and to feed people while providing for his family and giving me an opportunity to do the same. Now it is my time to live out my dreams, but never forget my childhood. The time I have with my family, the land and animals. The hard work it takes to care for it all. Not everyone will understand how this is a blessing. Happiness to me and Dolly doesn’t come from material things. It comes from love, experiences, life lessons and faith.

No matter how your story starts, you have the power to choose how it will end. Never give up on your dreams, never loose faith. God finds a way, he is a master at making champions out of nobodies. If you believe you are meant for more and have something to share with the world, you are right. We all do and must hold onto our childlike dreams. Thanks Dolly, for sharing your story and reminding us to remember onto our past and create our future.

“People are like stained-glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in; their true beauty is revealed only if there light is from within.” ― Elizabeth Kubler Ross

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