Dolly"s lyrics have sầu a true — & heartbreaking — meaning behind them, but it"s not what you might think.

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Although the lyrics sound like they"re about the end of a romantic relationship, they"re actually about the over of a professional one.Dolly wrote the tuy nhiên when she decided khổng lồ leave sầu Porter Wagoner"s show.

Of all the legendary songs Dolly Parton has written in her illustrious career, "I Will Always Love sầu You" remains one of the most iconic. Dolly"s version hit No. 1 on the charts twice in her career (when she first released the tuy vậy in 1974, và again when she re-recorded it for her 1982 movie The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas). And of course, the ballad became popular all over again when Whitney Houston recorded a version for the movie The Bodyguard in 1992.

Perhaps the reason that "I Will Always Love You" has struck a chord with so many listeners through the years is that it has such strikingly simple, yet heartbreaking, lyrics. It"s the straightforward passion behind the words that make the tuy vậy so timeless:

If I should stayI would only be in your wayAnd so I"ll go, but I knowI"ll think of you each step of the wayAnd I will always love youI will always love sầu you

And yet, Dolly did not write the tuy nhiên about a thắm thiết breakup — it was written about a professional one.

In 1973, Dolly had hit a roadbloông xã in her relationship with Porter Wagoner, her mentor and on-screen duet partner. She had agreed to star on his TV program, The Porter Wagoner Show, for five years and had done so with great success — but she was ready lớn go out on her own and make her own career. Unfortunately, Porter wasn"t ready to see her go, & they were butting heads over the decision.


"There was a lot of grief and heartabịt there, and he just wasn"t listening khổng lồ my reasoning for my going," Dolly told CMT baông chồng in 2011. "I thought, "Well, why don"t you vày what you bởi best? Why don"t you just write this song?"... so I went trang chủ & out of a very emotional place in me at that time, I wrote the tuy vậy, "I Will Always Love sầu You.""

The next day, armed with her new song, Dolly walked baông chồng into lớn the office and asked Porter if he could hear her out for minute. She thanh lịch "I Will Always Love sầu You" khổng lồ him — và Porter was overcome with emotion.

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"He started crying," Dolly told the Tennessean in năm ngoái. "When I finished, he said, "Well, hell! If you feel that strong about it, just go on — providing I get khổng lồ produce that record because that"s the best song you ever wrote.""

From there, the rest was history: Dolly eventually left the show, và Porter produced her next record, Jolene, with "I Will Always Love You" on the traông xã list. The tuy nhiên became the multiple-time No. 1 hit we know it as today, and Dolly & Porter even went on to perkhung it together at a special Gr& Ole Opry show. She also reportedly quý phái it khổng lồ Porter one final time, on the day that he died in 2007.

In the over, Dolly says "I Will Always Love You" represents her desire lớn make it clear khổng lồ Porter how much she cared about & appreciated hyên, even though it was time for her khổng lồ leave sầu the show.

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"It"s saying, "Just because I"m going don"t mean I won"t love you," she told CMT. "I appreciate you and I hope you bởi great và I appreciate everything you"ve sầu done, but I"m out of here.""

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