I grew up poor and ragged, just a simple country girl
I wanted to be pretty more than anything in the world
Like Barbie or the models in that Fredricks catalog
From rags to riches, in my dreams, I could have it all

I'm just a backwoods Barbie
Too much make-up, too much hair
Don't be fooled by thinking that the goods are not all there
Don't let these false eyelashes lead you to believe
That I'm as shallow as I look, 'cause I run true and deep

I've always been misunderstood because of how I look
Don't judge me by the cover, 'cause I'm a real good book
So read into it what you will, but see me as I am
The way I look is just a country girl's idea of glam

I'm just a backwoods Barbie in a push up bra and heels
I might look artificial, but where it counts, I'm real
And I'm all dolled up and hopin' for a chance to prove my worth
And even backwoods Barbies get their feelings hurt

I'm just a backwoods Barbie
Too much make-up, too much hair
Don't be fooled by thinking that the goods are not all there
Yes, I can see where I could be misjudged upon first glance
But even backwoods Barbies deserve a second chance
I'm just a backwoods Barbie just asking for a chance

I'm just a backwoods Barbie


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    General CommentThere's a good youtube video of this song (London, 2009) where she introduces the song with a little story about her childhood. Her performance suggests there is more to be read between the lines. The lyrics, for me, apply just as much to 2009 Dolly Parton as they do to childhood Dolly.

    I hear Dolly singing "I'm here, I can play my instrument, I can sing. I'm not a Joke, enough with the tit jokes, they hurt, you know?" Many consider her to be an underrated artist. I think she acknowledges this in a way.
    Tunacrabon August 27, 2012   Link

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