“Jolene” has always had a life of its own. Dolly Parton’s classic “please don’t take my man” number from 1973 has been covered by Pentatonix and Jack White, appeared on a mixtape compiled by The Prodigy’s Liam Howlett, and it’s now a killer meme, flying on social media after it was shared by the Queen of Country herself.
The country great posted a meme that works the characters of the song into a stock photo: there’s the hot third party walking on by; the dumbstruck, distracted boyfriend; and the mortified girlfriend.
It’s unclear who made the meme, but it’s notched-up more than 200,000 likes and 60,000 retweets in a matter of hours. This is Dolly’s world, after all.
The Tennessee native is a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame, and she’s recognized (twice) in the Guinness World Records 2018 edition for her prolific hitmaking efforts. “Jolene,” it seems, just won’t stop. An update of the track featuring Pentatonix debuted at No. 18 on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart in 2016 for her 107th chart entry, a record-setting streak that traces back to her 1967 debut “Dumb Blonde.” Dolly’s collaboration with Pentatonix on “Jolene” also won a Grammy the following year, for country duo/group performance.
Check out the meme below.
— Dolly Parton (@DollyParton) August 20, 2018