Dolly Parton’s singing brings Stephen Colbert to tears on 'The Late Show'

Dolly Parton’s singing brings Stephen Colbert to tears on 'The Late Show'

Colbert asked about how Parton's mother used to teach her songs that told stories and if she remembered any.

The country legend's story about "Bury Me Beneath the Willows" and its significance to her is one of the many stories her fans can expect to read in her book "Storyteller: My Life in Lyrics".

Parton admits that she and her siblings often cried with their mother would sing to them, to which Colbert asks her, "Isn't it amusing that sometimes there's nothing happier than a cry?" The country legend previously said in a statement that recording "Mary, Did You Know?" especially moved her.

As the camera cut back to Colbert his reaction progressed from goosebumps to full-on tears, before Parton stopped her singing and said, "Oh, you're crying?"

The talk show host laughed and said to the singer, "Like many Americans, I am still under a lot of stress". No judgement. It's not like you'd be able to keep your eyes dry if one of the most attractive voices in America started serenading your tired, 2020-ladened soul. "Mama would cry, we would cry. Those old songs were just fantastic".

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"In a nutshell, it's a sad song about a desperate girl who wants to die and be buried under a weeping willow tree so that her former fiancé, who cheated on her and is now with someone else, will perhaps weep for her under the tree." the Grass Clippings blog states.

He added: "Isn't it amusing that sometimes there's nothing happier than a cry?" Colbert requested. "Yeah, I feel it cleanses your soul", Parton answered. "I think water's good to wash it out".

Parton had her own moment of emotion while recording at least one of the tracks on her new holiday album, A Holly Dolly Christmas, out now.

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