Eventually, on hearing the song, Porter understood where she was coming from and let her leave, and years later the song took on a new lease of life when it was recorded by Whitney Houston for her hit movie The Bodyguard.

In contrast, Jolene is about a bank teller her husband spent time with, who Dolly admits she felt jealous of, explaining how “everybody has a Jolene in their lives.”

During her headline Glastonbury 2014 set, Dolly told the story of the lyrics behind this song, as chronicled in The Independent.

She said: “Now, some of you may or may not know that that song was loosely based on a little bit of truth.


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