The Tennessean spoke with voters around the Nashville area
Various Tennessean staffers
Dolly Parton isn’t interested in being political – she wants to entertain both sides.
However, this election season she’s using her music to encourage the process. Parton’s new song “19th Amendment,” which she wrote and performs, is about women gaining independence and the right to vote.
“It really wasn’t about being political,” Parton said of the song. “I don’t get political. It was just about women and how we’ve come a long way and that we’ve got a long way to go. That’s why I wrote that.”
Lyrics include: We’ve carried signs, we’ve cussed at times / Marched up and down the streets / We had to fight for women’s rights / Wore blisters on our feet / We got tired of seein’ all our dreams go up in smoke / Burdens more than we could tote / Having lies crammed down our throats / But that ol‘ dam finally broke / When women finally got the right to vote.
Jad Abumrad co-hosts Radiolab, a Peabody Award-winning investigative podcast. His father, Dr. Naji Abumrad, is Parton’s doctor and friend. Parton said the younger Abumrad annually makes an album about a different subject and artists donate songs to be included. Constitutional amendments were Jad Abumrad’s theme this year and Parton insisted she would take the 19th, which constituted women’s right to vote in 1920.
“I wrote this fun, cute song for it and it’s got a lot of attention,” she said. “But everybody should get out to vote, women and men. And the younger ones, today is your chance to get out and express yourself. Whatever your party is get out and do it.”
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