Dolly"s lyrics have naquela true — e heartbreaking — an interpretation behind them, however it"s not what you might think.

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Although a lyrics sound choose they"re about the fim of naquela romantic relationship, they"re actually about the fim of a professional one.Dolly composed the a música when she decided to leave Porter Wagoner"s show.

Of tudo the legend songs Dolly Parton has actually written in her illustrious career, "I Will constantly Love You" remains uma of the most iconic. Dolly"s version hit No. Uma on ns charts twice in she career (when she o primeiro dia released the música in 1974, and novamente when she re-recorded it for her 1982 movie The Best small Whorehouse in Texas). E of course, the ballad became popular all over novamente when Whitney Houston recorded der version for the movie The Bodyguard in 1992.

Perhaps the reason the "I Will constantly Love You" has actually struck a chord com so numerous listeners through a years is the it has such strikingly simple, however heartbreaking, lyrics. It"s a straightforward enthusiasm behind ns words the make the a música so timeless:

If I have to stayI would só be in your wayAnd so I"ll go, but I knowI"ll think of you each step of a wayAnd ns will always love youI will constantly love you

And yet, Dolly did not compose the canção about a romantic breakup — it ser estar written about der professional one.

In 1973, Dolly had hit a roadblock in she relationship com Porter Wagoner, her mentor and on-screen duet partner. She had agreed to estrela on his TV program, The Porter Wagoner Show, para five years e had excellent so com great success — however she ser estar ready to go lado de fora on her own and make her own career. Unfortunately, Porter wasn"t all set to see her go, and they were butting top over a decision.


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"There was der lot that grief and heartache there, and he just wasn"t listening to my reasoning for my going," Dolly told CMT ago in 2011. "I thought, "Well, why don"t you do what you dá best? Why don"t you simply write this song?"... Therefore I ir home and out of naquela very emotional lugar, colocar in me at that time, i wrote the song, "I Will always Love You.""

The following day, armed with her novo song, Dolly walked earlier into the office e asked Porter if he could hear she out para minute. She sang "I Will constantly Love You" to him — e Porter foi ~ overcome com emotion.


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"He started crying," Dolly told the Tennessean in 2015. "When i finished, he said, "Well, hell! If you feeling that solid about it, just go on — giving I compreendo to develop that record because that"s ns best a música you ever before wrote.""

From there, ns rest era history: Dolly ultimately left ns show, and Porter created her following record, Jolene, com "I Will always Love You" on ns track list. The song became a multiple-time No. One hit we know it as today, and Dolly e Porter even went on to perform it with each other at a special grand Ole Opry show. She also reportedly sang it to Porter one último time, on ns day the he died in 2007.

In ns end, Dolly says "I Will always Love You" represents her desire to do it clean to Porter como as much she cared about and appreciated him, also though it era time para her to leave the show.


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"It"s saying, "Just because I"m walk don"t average I won"t love you," she called CMT. "I evaluate you and I hope you são de great e I appreciate everything you"ve done, however I"m o fim of here.""

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