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Mindy Smith — Jolene
Album: One Moment More
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Released: 2004
Length: 4:11
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Jolene, Jolene, Jolene, Jolene
I'm begging of you, please don't take my man
Jolene, Jolene, Jolene, Jolene
Please don't take him just because 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
Your voice is soft like summer rain
And I cannot compete with you, Jolene

He talks about you in his sleep
And there's nothing I can do to keep
From crying when he calls your name, Jolene
But I can easily understand
How you could easily take my man
But you don't know what he means to me, 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 just because you can

You could have your choice of men
But I could never love again
He's the only one for me, Jolene
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 just because you can

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
Jolene, Jolene
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 Baby_M wrote:
Is that Dolly Parton doing the backing vocals on the refrain?

 
Yep.


What ever became of Mindy Smith? 
Is that Dolly Parton doing the backing vocals on the refrain?
physicsgenius wrote:
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ROFLMAO
' Please don't take him just because you can.' If this was 'her' instead of 'him' the song and any singer of it would be labeled a male chauvanist, as the lyrics would indicate an inability to decide for oneself. Can anybody tell me what is the female version of Male Chauvanist please? And is there a smiley to go with it?
Nice voice, but :naughty: :naughty: :naughty:
This is a powerful song...
This is one of the few songs on RP that I must either turn the volume down, or go smoke a cigarette. I think I'll do both.
look out here comes that mean 'ol Jolene again. Hide your man! I like Emmy lou's version a lot better
I really like this song, maybe my ovaries need tending to. Hang on ive got balls!
Ender43 wrote:
Regardless of all the oher comments, I think that this is an incredibly sad song.
Me, too. But I guess if you hear it too much, then you will get bored for sure.
rosedraws wrote:
I need a little emoticon that is strangling itself...
:lol:
Yuck :wall:
nick_valensi wrote:
WE WANT THE WHITE STRIPES SINGING THIS ONE!
No we don't. I'll take good old White Stripes any day, but their cover pretty much sucks. This version sucks too. Actually, Dolly's original sucks too.
Words cannot express how much I hate this song.
stevo_b wrote:
What have we done? Why must we be subjected to this? "It Burns" "Make it stop"
I agree
nick_valensi wrote:
WE WANT THE WHITE STRIPES SINGING THIS ONE!
I've actually come to prefer this version to the WS.
What have we done? Why must we be subjected to this? "It Burns" "Make it stop"
This song disturbs me.
nick_valensi wrote:
WE WANT THE WHITE STRIPES SINGING THIS ONE!
Word.
WE WANT THE WHITE STRIPES SINGING THIS ONE!
Your man bailed a long time ago because you keep whining!
If you get a chance to see her live, don't pass it up. I love the end of this when Dolly kicks in with her! Fantastic!!
If Dolly likes her enough to sing back-up on this track, it's good enough for me. I don't really like this tune that much, but think she does a nice job with it.
Carly wrote:
I've never heard the Dolly Parton version. To my way of thinking, Smith successfully gets across feelings of anxiety and passion in her voice. I admire this rendition.
Well, what are you waiting for? Go listen to Dolly and I think you'll change your admiration.
I prefer this version to the original, which is great - btw. But, mate, you should hear the version by Susanna & The Magical Orchestra!
Funny, I thought the last tune (Rain and Snow) sounded a little like Dolly Parton's trilly voice... and now this Is there a method to this madness?? (Love Dolly BTW)
Regardless of all the oher comments, I think that this is an incredibly sad song. Sappy, yes, but it makes me feel very bad for the protagonist
I think they play this song to annoy those of us who are easily annoyed. :wink:
physicsgenius wrote:
Here's the short version of this song: JOLENE JOLENE JOLENE JOLENE JOLENE JOLENE JOLENE JOLENE JOLENE JOLENE JOLENE JOLENE JOLENE JOLENE JOLENE JOLENE JOLENE JOLENE JOLENE JOLENE JOLENE JOLENE JOLENE JOLENE JOLENE JOLENE JOLENE JOLENE JOLENE JOLENE JOLENE JOLENE JOLENE JOLENE JOLENE JOLENE JOLENE JOLENE JOLENE JOLENE JOLENE JOLENE JOLENE JOLENE JOLENE JOLENE JOLENE JOLENE JOLENE JOLENE JOLENE JOLENE JOLENE JOLENE JOLENE JOLENE JOLENE JOLENE JOLENE JOLENE JOLENE JOLENE JOLENE JOLENE JOLENE JOLENE JOLENE JOLENE JOLENE JOLENE JOLENE JOLENE JOLENE JOLENE JOLENE JOLENE JOLENE JOLENE JOLENE JOLENE JOLENE JOLENE JOLENE JOLENE JOLENE JOLENE JOLENE JOLENE JOLENE JOLENE JOLENE JOLENE JOLENE JOLENE JOLENE JOLENE JOLENE JOLENE JOLENE JOLENE
This is so funny to me... and my laughter almost makes it possible for me to make it through a full minute of the song before I hit the mute button. :smile:
awful
teadye wrote:
If we can have Johnny Cash why can't we have Dolly? This is a prime example of an OK cover getting the airplay over a far superior original just because it's a good example from this artist. Kind of like what happens with Stevie Ray Vaughan's Hendrix covers... his best stuff is his covers so if he gets any air it's at the expense of Hendrix. Go figure. That said I guess Cash's covers are so wildly unlike the originals they don't compete...
Whole lotta truth here . . . And I like the song. Don't mind the repetitiveness in the lyrics whatsoever. Dolly Parton's voice is likely better, though. But she sports a Southern accent, and RPers might think that inherently renders a piece "country."
Geez! so many harsh comments. The gal's just trying to take a great Dolly Parton song and do it justice. Okay, so her voice doesn't convey raw fear and desperation you crave in a song about someone tryna STEAL yore man, huh? But if you wear your fear out in the open, maybe he'll be more likely to bolt, is maybe what she's thinkin. She's soft sellin it. If you gotta have that heart on the sleeve stuff, check out Jack White's live version here: https://mp3.insound.com/download.cfm?mp3id=2355 More raw anxiety, fear, and desperation in his voice than you can shake a stick at. No wonder Loretta Lynn had fun making a record with him. I'll upload this nice version since a few others seem to like it, too.
Carly wrote:
I've never heard the Dolly Parton version. To my way of thinking, Smith successfully gets across feelings of anxiety and passion in her voice. I admire this rendition.
I agree-- there's a raw desperation to the singing and the instrumentation is darker as well. Love Dolly, but honestly like version best.
If we can have Johnny Cash why can't we have Dolly? This is a prime example of an OK cover getting the airplay over a far superior original just because it's a good example from this artist. Kind of like what happens with Stevie Ray Vaughan's Hendrix covers... his best stuff is his covers so if he gets any air it's at the expense of Hendrix. Go figure. That said I guess Cash's covers are so wildly unlike the originals they don't compete...
say Jolene one more time . . . and another . . . oh and again . . .
brokemusician wrote:
Amen! The song sounds like some kind of sonic experiment to disturb the brain waves of otherwise relaxed humans -- It puts me on a state of alert and I feel like hauting down Jolene and asking her: "Why, Jolene, is there such an awful song about you?" :beat:
:clap:
"It Burns!!!!!"
It gives me the creeps!
Boy, I really hate this song! :evil:
I need a little emoticon that is strangling itself...
I don't know what my problem is (I guess - in view of all the negative reviews posted below) but I really loved this fresh retake on a relatively old song. I don't like any of the other versions of this song much due to hearing them played far to often (elsewhere than RP), but I absolutely love Mindy's version. I agree with element1 - Bill, let us hear some more of Mindy Smith's music! :music:
physicsgenius wrote:
Here's the short version of this song: (snip)
Thanks. Next track please. I find this totally uninspired.
Here's the short version of this song: JOLENE JOLENE JOLENE JOLENE JOLENE JOLENE JOLENE JOLENE JOLENE JOLENE JOLENE JOLENE JOLENE JOLENE JOLENE JOLENE JOLENE JOLENE JOLENE JOLENE JOLENE JOLENE JOLENE JOLENE JOLENE JOLENE JOLENE JOLENE JOLENE JOLENE JOLENE JOLENE JOLENE JOLENE JOLENE JOLENE JOLENE JOLENE JOLENE JOLENE JOLENE JOLENE JOLENE JOLENE JOLENE JOLENE JOLENE JOLENE JOLENE JOLENE JOLENE JOLENE JOLENE JOLENE JOLENE JOLENE JOLENE JOLENE JOLENE JOLENE JOLENE JOLENE JOLENE JOLENE JOLENE JOLENE JOLENE JOLENE JOLENE JOLENE JOLENE JOLENE JOLENE JOLENE JOLENE JOLENE JOLENE JOLENE JOLENE JOLENE JOLENE JOLENE JOLENE JOLENE JOLENE JOLENE JOLENE JOLENE JOLENE JOLENE JOLENE JOLENE JOLENE JOLENE JOLENE JOLENE JOLENE JOLENE JOLENE JOLENE
JohnnySockhead wrote:
People seem to not care for this version. Try The Whaite Stripes version. It's pretty funny.
The White Stripes did this on Conan O'Brian's show in 2003 when they appeared 5 nights in a row. I don't know if I'd call it "funny." I thought they were very reverent and Jack's singing was extremely emotive. Also on the Blackpool Lights DVD.
I've never heard the Dolly Parton version. To my way of thinking, Smith successfully gets across feelings of anxiety and passion in her voice. I admire this rendition.
People seem to not care for this version. Try The Whaite Stripes version. It's pretty funny.
one of the most unbearable (to me anyway) songs ever played here
thewiseking wrote:
everybody covers dollie, but.... her original versions are ALWAYS superior. ex, i will always love you. completely ruined by whitney hustons overwrought "star search" warbling.
Nothing tops "Me and Little Andy."
Baby_M wrote:
Simone deBouvier (Jean-Paul Sartre's babe--did I spell that right?) Picasso's several girlfriends
Dolly Parton...
Mindy needs to take some lessons from Joan on how to cover a Dolly song.
Pleasant enough. Personally I prefer it to Dolly's version. Seems a strange choice to cover, though.
CBJr wrote:
I think this is a horrendous rendition of this song. Surprised that Dolly was agreeable to do backup vocals.
I think this is a horrendous rendition of a horrendous song.
element1 wrote:
mindy smith is a terrific songwriter and musician. it's too bad that this tune seems to get the most play... it's not only not her own tune, but it's also among the weakest tracks on the album.
i'm replying to myself too. play other mindy smith, eh?
annanyc wrote:
my basic tenet here is to just pipe up when I really like something, however, just for the sake of the democratic process and all, I am going to point out that I cannot stress enough just how much I really really dislike this song. Just my personal vote, it's like nails on a chalkboard to me. the one and ONLY song that they play which I have to mute or turn off. Sorry Mindy, with all due respect....
This might be the second time I've replied to myself on rp, but even sheepishness couldn't keep from from needing to reiterate how I just can't stand this song. It still remains the only song on rp that I have to mute. It's so awful.
The original by Dolly Partonwas so much better. How about replacing this Mindy Smith version?
johnnnynav wrote:
god awful. Stop playing this song please.
I would leave your a** too if you sang like that :frustrated: :frustrated: :frustrated: :frustrated:
serendipity_blue wrote:
It would be a happy happy day for me to never hear this song again. RP plays a lot of music that I really love, as well as music I don't love so much. So far, this is the only song I've heard hear that makes me cringe every single time I hear it. :beat:
Amen! The song sounds like some kind of sonic experiment to disturb the brain waves of otherwise relaxed humans -- It puts me on a state of alert and I feel like hauting down Jolene and asking her: "Why, Jolene, is there such an awful song about you?" :beat:
everybody covers dollie, but.... her original versions are ALWAYS superior. ex, i will always love you. completely ruined by whitney hustons overwrought "star search" warbling.
Don't ned to hear this on RP... had enough of Dolly's version back there on the bowling alley/bar jukebox back there in '73 or so.
I like this song, but it seems to be overplayed.
Mindy has original songs which are sooooo much better. This is the only one I've ever heard get "air" play here. She has some really sweet lyrics & music. Any of the following would be my preference over Jolene. I really do like her stuff. Come To Jesus Falling Raggedy Ann Fighting For It All Train Song It's Amazing Angel Doves Hurricane Hard To Know One Moment More
I've noticed Bill playing this song before. First time I've clicked on it. I see he has Dolly's version on the playlist, too. Be interesting to compare. I give this rendition a "7". Always like hearing it. :good-vibes:
Baby_M wrote:
Simone deBouvier (Jean-Paul Sartre's babe--did I spell that right?) Picasso's several girlfriends
"De Beauvoir" I like "Jolene". This is decently done.
god awful. Stop playing this song please.
Daveinbawlmer wrote:
As much as the Stripes do this well, Dolly Parton OWNS this song, its hers forever.
Only someone of Dolly's caliber can cut this cheese.
Turning volume down for a few minutes now.
Still a good song, but prefer the pace of th original... Sad but elating
stevo_b wrote:
Jolene, Jolene, someone stole her spleen That was pretty mean She liked to keep her motor clean It was real mean machine I like my stupid lyrics better.....
LOL!
I wish we could use negative numbers to rate songs. This sucks.
Dolly singing back-up in there? This is an excellent song, as stories go.
Jolene, Jolene, someone stole her spleen That was pretty mean She liked to keep her motor clean It was real mean machine I like my stupid lyrics better.....
Pointless cover.
Shesdifferent wrote:
What kind of idiot would want a man who cheats on her anyway? :roflol: :beat:
Simone deBouvier (Jean-Paul Sartre's babe--did I spell that right?) Picasso's several girlfriends
I think this is a horrendous rendition of this song. Surprised that Dolly was agreeable to do backup vocals.
I think its about time we retire this song from RP for a while? am i wrong?
mindy smith is a terrific songwriter and musician. it's too bad that this tune seems to get the most play... it's not only not her own tune, but it's also among the weakest tracks on the album. still a good tune, though. but the lyrics could use a facelift. oops, too late, the song is some sort of dolly parton "classic." no messing with that, i guess.
I really hate the lyrics she either needs a new friends or a new man. Better than that she need to work in her selfsteem...
As much as the Stripes do this well, Dolly Parton OWNS this song, its hers forever.
mrrmt wrote:
I had the opportunity to see the white stripes do this live in this little baltimore venue many years ago and it was sooo amazing. it made me love the dolly parton version and their cover. this one is ok.
I was there as well. Stunning show.
mrrmt wrote:
I had the opportunity to see the white stripes do this live in this little baltimore venue many years ago and it was sooo amazing. it made me love the dolly parton version and their cover. this one is ok.
WISH I could have heard the White Stripes do it. This version is very good in the emotion dept and also the vocal quality and tunefulness, though Mindy's voice is not as big as Dolly's. I wonder why Mindy wanted to cover it . . . ? :?: :?:
I wouldn't loose any sleep if I never heard it again.....too repetitious in those lyrics........no enthusiasm in the vocals...
I just gave it a 9!
I had the opportunity to see the white stripes do this live in this little baltimore venue many years ago and it was sooo amazing. it made me love the dolly parton version and their cover. this one is ok.
It would be a happy happy day for me to never hear this song again. RP plays a lot of music that I really love, as well as music I don't love so much. So far, this is the only song I've heard hear that makes me cringe every single time I hear it. :beat:
Say Jolene again. I double, no I triple dog dare you!
Shesdifferent wrote:
What kind of idiot would want a man who cheats on her anyway? :roflol: :beat:
That would be Hilary!
Bodhisattva wrote:
Where does this version with Dolly backing come from? Neither the stated album (One Moment More) nor the Just Because I'm A Woman has this take on it.
It's actually on Just Because I'm a Woman: The Songs of Dolly Parton. Some releases of her album have it, though I haven't seen one yet. Excellent tune, as I've said before.
How rare it is to find a song that is not only amazing in original form (ala Ms. Parton) but has spawned two equally breathtaking covers (in Mindy's album, and various sets of the White Stripes, as previously mentioned) Each artist brings something new to the song, but also maintains the beauty that it was born in. Kudos to all.
Where does this version with Dolly backing come from? Neither the stated album (One Moment More) nor the Just Because I'm A Woman has this take on it.
softjeans wrote:
Yes, it's a great song, but for a great contemporary updating, check out the White Stripes version from their Blackpool live release. Unbelievable.
ya they make this song so real and raw, perfect sort of thing for them
Love this CD!!!! This is not the best song on it by any means! You have to hear the whole thing!!! ;D
chasech5 wrote:
Its not bad, I guess. Dolly Parton's entrance into the song does a lot for it. Sorta like Colin Hay's entrance into that cover of "Who Can It Be Now" that was done a few years ago.
It was "Overkill" (Lazlo Bane) but your point remains valid just the same. Not sure what's with the detractors...Dolly clearly endorses this, and I think it's damn powerful. More than likeable.
softjeans wrote:
Yes, it's a great song, but for a great contemporary updating, check out the White Stripes version from their Blackpool live release. Unbelievable.
I wonder if Bill has a copy of that?
Excellent song, but I want to Dolly's is the best.
Why not play the original? This is just a pedestrian cover by a singer who can't hit the high notes. On second thought, you can have him, Jolene.
shakitten wrote:
I actually like this version better than the original...and with Dolly herself backing Mindy up, I think it makes it more powerful.
That, and the edgier, more electric instrumental treatment really set this version off.
Very nice bit of Twang ... there!
I actually like this version better than the original...and with Dolly herself backing Mindy up, I think it makes it more powerful. Dolly once commented in an interview that Jolene does, in fact, exist. And apparently Dolly's hubby had eyes for her; hence, the song.
Hey... JOLENE! I think these chicks want to talk to you.
DarkStar wrote:
How many times does she say Jolene?
Well why dontcha just count! :stupid: #-o
Its not bad, I guess. Dolly Parton's entrance into the song does a lot for it. Sorta like Colin Hay's entrance into that cover of "Who Can It Be Now" that was done a few years ago.
Johray63 wrote:
Well, nothing wrong with a new approach of a great song, every now and then, but it's obvious to me this song really starts happening when Dolly Parton comes in. Mindy's voice sounds rather flat from than on, IMO. But that's what makes it more contemporary, I guess :-k
Yes, it's a great song, but for a great contemporary updating, check out the White Stripes version from their Blackpool live release. Unbelievable.
How many times does she say Jolene?
Shesdifferent wrote:
What kind of idiot would want a man who cheats on her anyway? :roflol: :beat:
Precisely. Or who would even want him if she were not the object of his desire anymore? Man, she needs to read "He's Just Not That Into You." :lol:
When I heard this vocal I immediately thought of a young Joni Mitchell. Not being a jazz fan, I delight in thinking of her career having gone down a country road.
briandel wrote:
Yes. I'm intrigued by this Jolene. She sounds hot. . . :hearteyes:
Indeed :) Any woman that can get some schmuck to call out her name when he's asleep ....
Four-Five wrote:
I might have liked this album if it weren't full of religious undertones (this song excluded).
What do you say to that? Sarcasm is the only thing popping into my head...
serendipity_blue wrote:
First song I ever gave a 1 to. Stop whining and find yourself a better man..or better friends. Something. Just please, please shut up!
I give 1's all the time. I've never heard any other version of this song, so I only have this one to use as a benchmark. I can imagine how this voice would seem whinier than Dolly Parton's, but the few times I've heard it I thought, well, she's hitting those high notes. It doesn't sound like a bad song to me, or annoying, just pretty dull. I gave it a 1. :)
Four-Five wrote:
I might have liked this album if it weren't full of religious undertones (this song excluded).
What, afraid of actually being challenged?
First song I ever gave a 1 to. Stop whining and find yourself a better man..or better friends. Something. Just please, please shut up!
Well, nothing wrong with a new approach of a great song, every now and then, but it's obvious to me this song really starts happening when Dolly Parton comes in. Mindy's voice sounds rather flat from than on, IMO. But that's what makes it more contemporary, I guess :-k
I might have liked this album if it weren't full of religious undertones (this song excluded).
my basic tenet here is to just pipe up when I really like something, however, just for the sake of the democratic process and all, I am going to point out that I cannot stress enough just how much I really really dislike this song. Just my personal vote, it's like nails on a chalkboard to me. the one and ONLY song that they play which I have to mute or turn off. Sorry Mindy, with all due respect....
g1lgam3sh wrote:
I rated it 5 musically. Intellectually/spiritually/erotically/emotionally speaking I hate whiners so the song can fuck off. It can go to lllllllllllllllll (pimp)
Had a bad day? pbm
blue-ice wrote:
Not a successful strategy at all, therefore, I interpret the lyrics as a private introspection. Not meant to be a confrontation but a private dialog. The song is pleasant enough, so I doubt I'll check out the full lyrics anytime soon, though I am interested.
You're probably right, but it rings of someone with serious self-worth issues. That, and it's just plain annoying to listen to.
Odyzzeuz wrote:
I'm convinced. I want Jolene. :) .
Yes. I'm intrigued by this Jolene. She sounds hot. . . :hearteyes:
I Agree the original is a little better, and the white stripes version is more "emotional" but this version is excellent too! quite enjoyable! OScar
I like her simple, straight-forward delivery of this ballad. It says a lot for Dolly Parton to do back-up on a song she wrote (?).
Shesdifferent wrote:
What kind of idiot would want a man who cheats on her anyway? :roflol: :beat:
Damn skippy! :-k WHY oh WHY OH WHY do so many cover this hideous, irritating, torture device of a 'song'? By the way, what was the final count of 'Jolene's'?