Last year, country music queen Dolly Parton admitted she’s preparing “Thousands of songs” that won’t be released until after she’s dead. Now it appears that one of those songs has been written, recorded, and hidden away somewhere inside her Dollywood theme park in Tennessee with instructions not to be unlocked and heard by fans until the year 2045.
In her newly published memoir, Songteller: My Life in Lyrics, Parton admits that she wrote the unnamed song back in 2015, recorded it onto CD, and has since locked it away inside of a chestnut wood box made by her uncle with instructions not to be opened for another 24 years–ideally after the 74-year-old country musician has passed on. The book or reports haven’t detailed the song’s title or specifics on its arrangement.
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“That’s like burying one of my kids, putting it on ice or something, and I won’t be around to see it brought back to life,” Parton writes in the book, published this past November by Chronicle Books. “It’s just burning me up inside that I have to leave it there.”
Parton found herself in an abundance of news headlines towards the end of last year thanks to the October release of her star-studded holiday album, A Holly Dolly Christmas, along with her $1 million investment towards COVID-19 vaccine research which has since proved to be successful in its development.