12 Days of Christmas Tune’s Day #8 Dolly Parton’s “Coat of Many Colors”

Dolly Parton, there is not a more legendary artist that has literally done it all quite like Dolly. From bringing flair and style to country music, to the big screen in her countless acting roles, to her collaborations with artist in other genres creating some of the greatest music of our life time. Dolly Parton is also quite known for her personal stories and up bringing.

“Coat of Many Colors” is the descriptive story of Dolly’s mother sewing her coat which was made from patches of different colors and shapes. A coat that Dolly cherished and was over the moon to have. Growing up I’m a house hold full of kids and times being hard, parents did what they had to do to put clothes on their back and food on the table.

Photo by Jason Evans of Music Matters Magazine


Christmas as a child wasn’t as easy and well off as one would assume. Dolly, now 76, has always stood in the gap for those less fortunate especially around the holiday season. A true gem not only to country music but the world. Our 7th day of Christmas tunes we are spotlighting “Coat of Many Colors” by Dolly Parton.

 “That memory had been painful to me, but I didn’t realize it until I wrote the story. So many people wrote me and said it had healing properties for them. They had been made fun of… and made to feel less than what they are. So I think people responded to that story for different reasons. It was a story of acceptance and hope.” Dolly said speaking in an interview years ago.

“Coat of Many Colors.” To me, it’s more than a song. It’s an attitude. It’s a philosophy. It speaks about family. It’s anti-bullying. It just covers so many things.

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