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Dolly Parton addresses scandalous love triangle in new song

Published 17/08/2016

Dolly Parton
Dolly Parton

The singer accepts a couple of songs on her new album are "corny".

Country music legend Dolly Parton used a real-life cheating love triangle as inspiration for her new song Can't Be That Wrong.

The happily married I Will Always Love You hitmaker, who celebrated her 50th wedding anniversary with husband Carl Thomas Dean in May (16), addressed a good friend's infidelity issues while writing tunes for her new album, Pure & Simple.

“I wrote this song (Can't Be That Wrong) from true feelings,” she explains to USA Today. “It’s about someone I know very well, who loved the person they had at home but they fell head over heels for someone else. This was so overwhelming that they were both just torn to pieces.

"I saw firsthand how sincere they were in their love. I mean, love is love: Whether it’s right or wrong, you cannot stop it. I’m not one to judge what’s right or wrong, but I know what they felt was real.”

However, Dolly admits she started to feel she was revealing a little too much while penning the track.

“I rewrote Can’t Be That Wrong a lot, I guess because it’s my cheatin’ song. Maybe I was just feeling guilty!” the 70-year-old laughs. “I was thinking, ‘I better get this right or somebody’s gonna think I’m (the one) screwing around!’”

It's not the first time she has tackled a love triangle in her lyrics - her classic tune Jolene, which features the lines "I'm begging of you please don't take my man... Please don't take him just because you can", was inspired by a bank teller who was attracted to her husband.

Dolly is tremendously proud of the songs on her 43rd studio album, revealing the tracks are about "all the colours of love".

"There’s your cheatin’ love; that’s Can’t Be That Wrong," she explains. "There’s a couple of corny little songs, like Outside Your Door (and) Head Over High Heels - that’s how you feel when you first all in love."

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