Dolly explained: “So, finally, I thought: ‘How am I gonna make him understand how much I appreciate everything, but that I have to go? He won’t listen to me. He’s not listening to reason when I want to go!’

“So I went home and I thought: ‘Well, what do you do best? You write songs.’ So I sat down and I wrote this song.”

In a flash of inspiration Dolly wrote I Will Always Love You, and cemented herself as one of the best songwriters on the planet in the process.

The next day, the singer took the song to Wagoner and told him to sit down.


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