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New Jolene Lyrics

I’ve always been intrigued by the “Jolene” lyrics (are they mature or are they insane?), so I was excited to hear Beyoncé’s version. Ultimately those lyrics didn’t really speak to me, but then I came across novelist Sonora Jha’s twist on the “Jolene” lyrics on Instagram, and I felt an itch had been scratched. I’ve transcribed those lyrics below — her original post is here.

(With apologies to Dolly and Beyoncé)
Jolene Jolene Jolene Jolene
I’m watchin’ you move in on my man
Jolene Jolene Jolene Jolene
I’m sayin you should say “I think I can”

You’re beautiful beyond compare
I hope you’ll pardon while I stare
Just wonderin’ what moisturizer you wear, Jolene
But good for you, oh good for you
You can have my man and my children too

Don’t get me wrong, I love my man I love those kids as hard I can
But some days I could just, you know what I mean
And if my man’s that easy to take
You can have him and also eat your cake Jolene

Jolene Jolene Jolene Jolene
I’m livin’ my best life and wish the same for you
You freed up my every other weekend
For me to spend with my supercool friends
I love how you stepmom my kids, Jolene

I hope he’s showerin’ love on you
The way I tried to teach him to
You’re welcome, you’re welcome, you Queen Jolene

You say you don’t want him no more
But please don’t leave him at my door
Just tell me where to Venmo you, Jolene

Jolene Jolene Jolene Jolene
You could have your choice of men
And I’m wonderin’ if I’ll bother to love again
So l’II do me and you do you Jolene

Jolene Jolene Jolene Jolene
The kids are grown and happy too
I love how you found a better boo
Let’s all just move on, okay, please, Jolene

Discussion  2 comments

Jared Crookston

That's pretty great- I also enjoyed Chapel Hart's follow-up.

Edith ZimmermanMOD

Omg this is amazing. How did I miss it?! So good!!!!!

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