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Is Beyonce Country?

Updated: Apr 2


Beyonce and her team once again show their talent, intelligence, and creativity in a recording that was originally recorded By Dolly Parton in the late 1960's or early 1970's by Tom Pick Recording/Mastering Engineer known to have worked at RCA Victor Studios, Nashville and Fireside Studios. I use the term "Creativity" because of how a song released 50 or 60 years ago sounds like a piece of original music based on her own life experience as we know it. (As much as I know Stuart White of North Carolina is usually her Recording and Mix Engineer I can't confirm this particular song was one of his works.) Beyonce is not the first artist to dabble in Country music after her popularity in R&B/Pop music. She is the one most of society is paying attention to. Good or Bad. She deserves the attention.

Why Country Music? Well excuse me for saying "This ain't her first Rodeo" she has done it before. Also, many may argue, Black folk been doing country for centuries. Beside the fact that the audience buy more records than any other genre right now. Follow the money.

While I find a lot to enjoy when it comes to this artist from Houston, Texas I might add. I wasn't suprised by how biased the radio community was in receiving it. While she is at the top of the charts with her two previous country releases “Texas Hold ’Em” and “16 Carriages,”. Many didn't think she was country enough for them to play it on the radio. This of course, continues to show why many great songs never make it to the masses. If the community isn't careful many will look elsewhere for their music.


Still I love the difference yet there are some simularities...

BEYONCÉ’S NEW “JOLENE LYRICS”

Jolene, Jolene, Jolene, JoleneI’m warning you, don’t come for my manJolene, Jolene, Jolene, JoleneDon’t take the chance because you think you can


You’re beautiful beyond compareTakes more than beauty and seductive staresTo come between a family and a happy manJolene, I’m a woman tooThе games you play are nothing newSo you don’t want no hеat with me, JoleneWe’ve been deep in love for 20 yearsI raised that man, I raised his kidsI know my man better than he knows himself (what)I can easily understand why you’re attracted to my manBut you don’t want this smoke, so shoot your shot with someone else (you heard me)


Jolene, Jolene, Jolene, JoleneI’m warning you, woman, find you your own manJolene, I know I’m a queen, JoleneI’m still a Creole banjee bitch from Louisianne (don’t try me)

There’s a thousand girls in every roomThat act as desperate as you doYou a bird, go on and sing your tune, Jolene (what)I had to have this talk with you‘Cause I hate to have to act a foolYour peace depends on how you move, Jolene

Me and my man crossed those valleysHighs and lows and everything betweenYou did roll in like tumbling weedsI sleep good happy, ’cause you can’t dig up our planted seedsI know my man’s gonna stand by me breathing in my gentle breeze


I crossed those valleysHighs and lows and everything betweenGood deeds roll in like tumbling weedsGood and happy, ’cause you can’t dig up them planted seedsJolene, Jolene, Jolene, Jolene, JoleneI’ma stand by her, she gon’ stand by me, Jolene

I’ma stand by him, he gon’ stand by meI’ma stand by her, she gon’ stand by meI’ma stand by him, he gon’ stand by me, Jolene


DOLLY PARTON’S ORIGINAL “JOLENE” LYRICS

Jolene, Jolene, Jolene, JoleneI’m beggin’ of you, please don’t take my man(Jolene)Jolene, Jolene, Jolene, JolenePlease don’t take him just because you can

Your beauty is beyond compareWith flaming locks of auburn hairWith ivory skin and eyes of emerald green(Jolene)Your smile is like a breath of springYour voice is soft like summer rainAnd I cannot compete with you, Jolene (Jolene)

He talks about you in his sleepAnd there’s nothing I can do to keep from cryingWhen he calls your name, Jolene (Jolene)And I can easily understandHow you could easily take my manBut you don’t know what he means to me, Jolene (don’t take him)

Jolene, Jolene, Jolene, JoleneI’m begging of you, please don’t take my manOh, Jolene, Jolene, Jolene, JoleneOh, please don’t take him just because you can (don’t take him)

You could have your choice of menBut I could never love againHe’s the only one for me, Jolene (he’s the only one)I had to have this talk with youMy happiness depends on youWhatever you decide to do, Jolene

Jolene, Jolene, Jolene, JoleneI’m begging of you, please don’t take my man(Don’t take him, don’t take him, don’t take him)Jolene, Jolene, Jolene, JolenePlease don’t take him just because you can (just because you can)Jolene, Jolene (please don’t take him, please don’t take him, Jolene)Jolene

Jolene


He’s the only one for meJoleneJolene, JoleneJolenePlease don’t take him just because you can

Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

Written by: Dolly Parton



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