"Jolene (Dolly Parton cover)" as written by and Dolly Parton....
Jolene, Jolene, Jolene, Jolene,
I'm begging of you,
Please don't take my man

Jolene, Jolene, Jolene, Jolene,
Please don't take him even though you can

Your beauty is beyond compare
With flaming locks of auburn hair
With ivory skin
And eyes of emerald green
Your smile is like a breath of spring
And your voice is soft like a summer rain
And I cannot compete with you Jolene
And he talks about you in his sleep
And there is nothing I can do to keep
From crying when he calls your name, Jolene

Jolene Jolene, Jolene, Jolene,
I'm begging of you please don't take my man

Jolene, Jolene, Jolene, Jolene,
Please don't take him even though you can

Well I could easily understand
How you could easily take my man
But you don't know what he means to me Jolene
Well you could have your choice of men
But I could never love again
He's the only one for me Jolene
And I had to have this talk with you
My happiness depends on you
And whatever you decide to do Jolene

Jolene, Jolene, Jolene, Jolene,
I'm begging of you please don't take my man!
Jolene Jolene Jolene Jolene
Please don't take him even though you can.


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"Jolene" as written by Dolly Parton

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  • +1
    General CommentSo I first heard this cover before I heard the original, and I have to say, Jack White is truly an artist. He turned a seemingly emotionless performance on Dolly Parton's part and turned it into a gut-wrenching song of despair. I was in awe a few moments. Although I am sure the performance I watched of hers was probably way after this song was in its prime stage, when it was raw for her to perform etc. Wish I had this on vinyl.
    kaweenuhon June 11, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI put a comment in a reply to a lover on the Dolly Parton Songmeanings, but that does not even belong there. The Stripes version made me cry, as it does Jack. I suppose I needed it. The superiority of Rock blues to country is obvious.

    The anguish is clear in the last line, because of course if Joline can take him, he's gone already, and her love is true, so maybe she cannot ever love again.
    mmcdonaldon June 15, 2017   Link
  • 0
    General Commentonly the white stripes could cover a dolly parton song and make a great rock song out of it.
    weezerific:cutleryon January 12, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthe white stripes at its best! my favourite band, my favourite lyrics!
    flavo flafon April 29, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentHOLY FUCK! When I hear them do this song, I practacly swoon!! It's amazing!
    candycanegrrlon July 03, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI saw them do this live at Glastonbury and JW put some real emotion into it, he was almost crying. Still sounded oh-so-good, one of the best live bands I have seen
    propheton September 08, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti saw it live at the rock werchter festival. It's amazing...the best cover ever...
    lieson September 17, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentyeah i saw jack perform this too,and my heart was like racing not cuz i was like :oh my god hes hot" like the posers that come to the concerts..but becuz it felt amazing to hear his voice and the music behind it,and its funny becuz my mom,loves this song and now i like only if the stripes sing it.
    boredSamon March 11, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti saw him perform this on conan last night and he really did put some emotion into it. it was awesome.
    sean7711on April 24, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI stayed up to see this on Conan the night before ACT's. Well worth it.
    craigiferon April 24, 2003   Link

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