"I really think of myself as a songteller, because I write songs, but I tell stories," said Dolly Parton, explaining the name of her memoir, Dolly Parton, Songteller: My Life in Lyrics, to Stephen Colbert on The Late Show on Tuesday night (Oct. 20).
She added that the book contains a number of stories about how she wrote certain songs and what she was feeling at the time. Parton also talked about how she loves to write and perform, but there’s something about writing songs that is her "personal time with God." It’s her "quiet time" where she can express herself, sort of like therapy.
She also loves when different people interpret her songs, because the sound and feelings can change so much depending on their arrangement, how they are produced and performed. Parton specifically talked about Whitney Houston's cover of "I Will Always Love You." When Parton first heard it, she couldn’t believe it was her song.