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  • ♪ ♪ ♪ >> Stephen: HEY, EVERYBODY,

  • WELCOME BACK TO "A LATE SHOW."

  • JOINING ME TONIGHT IS A LEGEND WHO HAS WRITTEN OVER 3,000

  • SONGS, WON TEN GRAMMY AWARDS, AND HAS A NEW BOOK CALLED "DOLLY

  • PARTON: SONGTELLER."

  • PLEASE WELCOME THE ONE AND ONLY DOLLY PARTON.

  • DOLLY, THANKS SO MUCH FOR BEING HERE.

  • >> WELL, THANK YOU!

  • I HAVE MISSED YOU.

  • I'M SO HAPPY TO SEE YOU AGAIN.

  • >> Stephen: I HAVE MISSED YOU TOO, TOO.

  • THE LAST TIME WE WERE TOGETHER WE SANG AND EVERYTHING.

  • I WAS ABOUT AS AS NERVOUS AS I HAVE EVER BEEN WITH A GUEST BUT

  • ALSO HAD THE MOST FUN I HAVE EVER HAD WITH A GUEST.

  • I'M GLAD YOU GAVE ME ANOTHER SHOT.

  • I THOUGHT I BLEW IT.

  • >> NO, NO, NO.

  • I THOUGHT YOU DID A REAL GOOD JOB.

  • EVERYBODY TALKED ABOUT IT.

  • THEY STILL TALK ABOUT IT.

  • WHEN I TOLD THEM I WAS GOING TO BE ON THE SHOW, THEY SAID,

  • "GREAT, ARE YOU GOING TO SING?" I SAID I DON'T KNOW.

  • NO TELLING WHAT WE'RE GOING TO DO.

  • >> Stephen: YOU HAVE THE NEW BOOK.

  • IT'S CALLED "SONGTELLER."

  • WHY NOT SONGWRITER OR STORYTELLER.

  • WHAT DOES SONGTELLER MEAN TO YOU?

  • >> WHEN WE TALK ABOUT NAMING THE BOOKS I WAS GOING TO TALK ABOUT

  • SONGS I HAVE WRITTEN AND I THINK OF MYSELF AS A SONGTELLER,

  • BECAUSE I WRITE SONGS AND I TELL STORIES IN MY SONGS.

  • SO THAT JUST POPPED IN MY MIND, SONGTELLER.

  • I THOUGHT, WELL, THAT'S A GOOD NAME FOR MY COFFEE TABLE BOOK.

  • IT HAS ABOUT 170-SOME-ODD SONGS OF MINE.

  • AND I TELL STORIES ABOUT WHY I WROTE THEM, WHAT KIND OF FRAME

  • OF MIND I WAS IN, WHAT WAS GOING ON IN MY LIFE AT THE TIME,

  • SHOWED A LOT OF OLD PICTURES THAT A LOT OF PEOPLE HADN'T SEEN

  • FROM MY CHILDHOOD, AND GROWING UP IN THE BUSINESS.

  • SO I JUST THOUGHT SINCE I TELL STORIES IN MY SONGS, THAT THAT

  • WOULD BE THE PERFECT TITLE.

  • >> Stephen: NOW, WHEN DID-- WHEN DID IT-- WHEN DID IT STRIKE

  • THAT YOU THAT, AS GREAT AS A PERFORMER AS YOU ARE, A PLAYER

  • AND A SINGER, THAT REALLY, YOUR LOST WAS THE WRITING AND

  • STORYTELLING AND THAT YOU COULD DO THIS FOR OTHER PEOPLE?

  • >> WELL, I'VE KNOWN THAT MY WHOLE LIFE.

  • I LOVE TO SING, AND I CERTAINLY LOVE TO SING THE SONGS I DO

  • WRITE, AND I LOVE TO PERFORM.

  • I LOVE MY FANS.

  • BUT THERE'S JUST SOMETHING ABOUT WRITING SONGS.

  • IT'S JUST KIND OF, LIKE, MY PERSONAL TIME WITH GOD.

  • YOU KNOW, I DON'T NEED ANYTHING OTHER THAN JUST ME AND WHATEVER

  • INSTRUMENT I'M USING AT THE TIME.

  • IT'S MOI QUIET TIME.

  • I JUST GO INTO THAT LITTLE ZONE, AND I JUST FEEL LIKE I CAN

  • EXPRESS MYSELF IN WAYS THAT I DON'T NEED A DOCTOR FOR.

  • I DON'T HAVE TO HAVE THERAPY.

  • I CAN JUST KIND OF SING IT ALL OUT, WRITE IT ALL OUT.

  • AND I CAN WRITE FOR OTHER PEOPLE, TOO, LIKE YOU SAID,

  • BECAUSE I SEE THINGS HAPPEN TO OTHER PEOPLE, AND I THINK, THEY

  • DON'T KNOW HOW TO EXPRESS HOW THEY FEEL, SO THEY'RE DEPRESSED

  • OR THEY'RE SAD.

  • SO I WRITE SONGS FOR THEM AS WELL.

  • >> Stephen: NOW, BESIDES WRITING YOUR OWN HITS, I

  • UNDERSTAND THAT, WAS IT EMMYLOU HARRIS THAT YOU FIRST WROTE A

  • SONG THAT SOMEONE ELSE RECORDED OF YOURS?

  • >> WELL, ACTUALLY, THERE'S A STORY ABOUT THAT.

  • EMMYLOU HAD A NUMBER ONE SONG, A SONG I WROTE "CALL TO DADDY,"

  • AND IT WAS BACK DURING THE TIME I WAS WORKING-- STILL WORKING

  • WITH THE PORTER WAGONER SHOW, THE MAN THAT HAD GIVEN ME MY

  • FIRST BIG BREAK.

  • >> Stephen: SURE, I USED TO WATCH.

  • >> A SYNDICATED SHOW.

  • I HAD RECORDED A WHOLE ALBUM, AND WE WERE THINKING ABOUT

  • PUTTING "TO DADDY" OUT AS A SINGLE FOR ME.

  • AND SO EMMYLOU CAME TO THE STUDIO, PORTER WANTED HER TO

  • COME DOWN AND LISTEN TO WHAT WE WERE DOING.

  • SO SHE TURNED TO ME AND SAID, "OH, DOLE, YOU HAVE TO LET ME

  • RECORD 'TO DADDI'" BECAUSE I'M NEEDING A REALLY GOOD SONG."

  • SHE SAID, "CAN I HAVE THAT ONE?" I SAID,"I THINK WE WERE GOING TO

  • BE PUTTING THAT OUT AS A SINGLE."

  • AND PORTER SAID, "YEAH, WE WERE."

  • AND SHE SAID, "OH, PLEASE, LET ME HAVE THE SONG."

  • Y SOI GAVE HER THE SONG.

  • PORTER GOT SO MAD AT ME-- THAT'S ONE OF THE BIGGEST FIGHTS WE

  • EVER HAD.

  • THAT'S WHEN I REALLY KNEW FOR SURE THAT I WAS SINCERE AS A

  • SONGWRITER AND IT MEANT MORE TO ME TO HAVE SOMEONE SING A SONG I

  • HAD WRITTEN THAN IT WAS FOR ME TO HAVE A RECORD OUT ON THAT

  • SONG, OR ANY SONG.

  • >> Stephen: IS IT SORT OF A SPECIAL FEELING, OR DO YOU GET

  • THIS FEELING EVER WHEN YOU'VE WRITTEN SOMETHING AND YOU THINK

  • YOU'RE GOING TO RECORD IT-- OR MAYBE YOU HAVE RECORDED IT-- AND

  • YOU HEAR SOMEBODY ELSE DO A VERSION OF IT, AND YOU GO, "OH,

  • THEY'VE GOT EVERY PART OF THAT BALL.

  • THEY HIT THAT IN A WAY I DIDN'T EXPECT AND THEY MADE IT

  • BEAUTIFUL IN A WAY THAT I DIDN'T-- I DIDN'T ANTICIPATE"?

  • >> YOU KNOW, WELL, THAT'S A GOOD QUESTION, AND I'M GLAD YOU ASKED

  • THAT ONE, BECAUSE THERE'S A PERFECT EXAMPLE OF THAT.

  • I'M ALWAYS HAPPY WHEN ANYBODY DOES ANY SONG THAT I'VE WRITTEN,

  • AND I LOVE HOW DIFFERENT PEOPLE INTERPRET THEM.

  • BUT WHEN WHITNEY HOUSTON DID "I WILL ALWAYS LOVE YOU," THE SONG

  • THEY WROTE THAT WAS A SIMPLE, SWEET, LITTLE HEARTFELT SONG,

  • AND SHE TOOK IT IT AND MADE IT SO BIG AND SO BEAUTIFUL.

  • WHEN I HEARD THAT, I COULDN'T BELIEVE THAT WAS MY SONG.

  • I THOUGHT, THAT'S MY SONG?

  • THAT'S MY LITTLE SONG?

  • BUT THAT'S JUST BECOME LIKE A CLASSIC.

  • SO THAT'S A GREAT EXAMPLE OF HOW PEOPLE CAN TAKE YOUR SONGS AND

  • MAKE THEM INTO WHATEVER-- IT DEPENDS ON HOW YOU ARRANGE THEM

  • AND PRODUCE THEM AND HOW YOU SING THEM.

  • >> Stephen: NOW, I UNDERSTAND THAT YOUR MOM USED TO TEACH YOU

  • SONGS THAT TELL STORIES.

  • LIKE OLD-FASHIONED SONGS.

  • DO YOU REMEMBER ANY OF THE ONES YOUR MOM WOULD SING WITH YOU?

  • >> I REMEMBER ALL OF THEM.

  • MOMMA USED TO SING ALL THOSE OLD SONGS BROUGHT OVER FROM THE OLD

  • WORLD.

  • MOMMA WAS A GOOD SINGER, TOO, AND SHE WOULD JUST SING A

  • CAPPELLA ALL THE TIME, AND SO MANY OF THOSE SONGS WERE SAD,

  • AND AS I SAY, SOME OF THEM JUST PLUMB PITIFUL.

  • BUT I REMEMBER MANY SONGS.

  • THERE WAS A SONG SHE USED TO SING "BURY ME BENEATH THE

  • WILLOW."

  • IT WAS ABOUT A GIRL THAT WAS GOING TO GET MARRIED AND HER

  • BOYFRIEND LEFT HER AT THE ALTAR, OR WHATEVER.

  • SO SHE DIED, OF COURSE, KILLED HERSELF I SUPPOSE

  • BURY ME BENEATH THE WILLOW UNDER THE WEEPING WILLOW TREE

  • WHERE HE MAY KNOW WHERE I AM SLEEPING

  • AND PERHAPS HE'LL WEEP FOR ME.

  • ♪ ♪ SO ANYWAY, THERE'S MORE TO IT.

  • IT WAS ABOUT HER THINKING TODAY WAS OUR WEDDING DAY BUT

  • WHERE OH, WHERE CAN HE BE?

  • HE'S GONE TO SEEK HIM ANOTHER BRIDE

  • HE CARES NO MORE FOR MEAND HE GOES, ARE YOU CRYING?

  • OH, BURY ME BENEATH THE WILLOW UNDER THE WEEPING WILLOW TREE

  • WHERE HE MAY KNOW WHERE I AM SLEEPING AND PERHAPS HE'LL WEEP

  • FOR MESO I BETTER HUSH BEFORE YOU CRY

  • YOURSELF TO DEATH AND WE CAN'T FINISH THE SHOW.

  • ( LAUGHTER ) >> Stephen: I'M UNDER A LOT OF

  • STRESS RIGHT NOW, DOLLY.

  • AND-- >> I KNOW YOU'RE NOT REALLY

  • CRYING.

  • >> Stephen: I'LL TELL YOU RIGHT THERE.

  • THAT WAS PRETTY BEAUTIFUL.

  • >> WE USED TO CRY WHEN MOMMA WOULD SING THAT.

  • MOMMA WOULD CRY.

  • WE'D CRY.

  • AND THOSE OLD SONGS WERE JUST AMAZING, THOUGH.

  • >> Stephen: ISN'T IT FUNNY THAT SOMETIMES THERE'S NOTHING

  • HAPPIER THAN A CRY?

  • ISN'T THAT-- ISN'T THAT-- >> I THINK IT CLEANSES YOUR

  • SOUL.

  • I THINK THE WATER IS GOOD TO WASH IT OUT.

  • IT'S WHAT TEARS ARE FOR, I THINK.

  • >> Stephen: I'M SURE A LOT OF PEOPLE ASK YOU WHAT YOUR FIRST

  • LYRICS WERE, BUT I'M JUST CURIOUS, WHAT ARE YOUR LATEST

  • LIRIBS?

  • WHAT ARE YOU WRITING NOW.

  • >> I HAVEN'T HAD A CHANCE TO WRITE A WHOLE LOT LATELY BECAUSE

  • WE'VE BEEN REALLY DOING A LOT OF PROMOTION.

  • I HAD WRITTEN DOWN EYE DON'T KNOW IF IT MEANT I WAS SINGING

  • IT TO THE WORLD OR A PERSON, I HAD AN IDEA COME TO MIND LIKE

  • ♪ I LOVE YOU, WHETHER YOU LIKE IT OR NOT

  • AND I'M GOING TO LOVE YOU TILL I DECIDE TO STOP

  • YOU CAN'T TELL ME WHAT TO DO YOU CAN'T MAKE ME LOVE YOU

  • BECAUSE I LOVE YOU ♪ I CAN SING THAT TO YOU

  • ♪ I LOVE YOUAND YOU CAN'T STOP ME.

  • >> Stephen: I'M NOT GOING TO TRY.

  • I PROMISE YOU THAT.

  • >> OKAY.

  • >> Stephen: YOU'VE BEEN MARRIED-- LET ME GET IT RIGHT

  • HERE-- YOU'VE BEEN MARRIED TO THIS MAN-- THERE YOU GO.

  • >> OH, YEAH!

  • >> Stephen: CARL DEAN, RIGHT THERE.

  • OKAY.

  • YOU SAID-- 54 YEARS.

  • YOU SAY "GOD SPEAKS TO ME THROUGH CARL DEAN."

  • WHAT DO YOU MEAN?

  • HOW SO?

  • >> YOU KNOW, WELL, I MEAN, WE ARE SO CLOSE.

  • AND I'VE OFTEN SAID THAT.

  • BUT WE'RE SO-- YOU KNOW, WE'RE SO IN TUNE WITH EACH OTHER.

  • I'LL BE THINKING ABOUT SOMETHING THAT'S WORRYING ME OR GRIEVING

  • ME, AND I'LL PRAY ABOUT SOMETHING KIND OF WAITING FOR AN

  • ANSWER, AND HE'LL SOMETIMES JUST UP AND-- JUST SAY SOMETHING,AND

  • IT'S JUST LIKE, WELL, I DIDN'T-- I DIDN'T SAY ANYTHING TO YOU

  • ABOUT THAT.

  • BUT IT JUST SEEMS-- HE'LL SAY, "NOW YOU DON'T NEED TO BE

  • WORRYING ABOUT SO-AND-SO OR SO-AND-SO."

  • I DON'T KNOW IF HE SENSES HOW I'M FEELING.

  • BUT I HAVE ALWAYS SAID THAT GOD SPEAKS TO ME THROUGH HIM.

  • BUT I GUESS THAT'S WHAT LOVE IS.

  • I GUESS WHEN YOU'RE IN TUNE AND YOU KNOW SOMEBODY SO WELL.

  • BUT I HAVE OFTEN SAID THAT.

  • AND PEOPLE SAY THAT SOUNDS FREAKY.

  • BUT IT'S NOT LIKE THAT.

  • BUT I JUST KNOW THAT GOD TALKS TO ME IN DIFFERENT WAYS, NOT IN,

  • YOU KNOW, WORDS OR ANYTHING, BUT THEY COME-- MY ANSWERS COME AT

  • DIFFERENT TIMES.

  • BUT MANY TIMES THEY COME RIGHT THROUGH CARL.

  • >> Stephen: I THINK THAT'S BEAUTIFUL.

  • I FEEL THE SAME WAY ABOUT MY WIFE, SHE'S EVIDENCE TO ME.

  • SHE'S EVIDENCE THAT I SHOULD PAY MORE ATTENTION TO THE WAY GOD

  • TALKS BECAUSE-- >> THAT'S A GOOD WAY TO SAY IT.

  • "HE'S EVIDENCE TO ME."

  • GOD'S IN THERE.

  • BUT, HONESTLY, IT'S BEEN UNUSUAL THROUGH THE YEARS.

  • HE'S VERY INTUITIVE, TOO.

  • I THINK HE'S KIND OF CLAIRVOYANT AT TYPES.

  • SO WHATEVER WORKS, IT'S WORKED FOR 54 YEARS, 56 TOGETHER.

  • AND WE HAVE A GOOD RELATIONSHIP.

  • HE'S GOT A GREAT SENSE OF HUMOR, SO WE'VE MADE IT REALLY WELL.

  • AND THAT'S HIS-- IT'S MY-- WELL, ACTUALLY, WE GOT MARRIED AGAIN

  • WHEN WE WERE MARRIED 50 YEARS.

  • SO NOW HE TELLS PEOPLE THAT I'M HIS SECOND WIFE.

  • I SAID, "DON'T SAY THAT.

  • I'M STILL THE ONLY ONE."

  • >> Stephen: YOU'VE GOT A NEW ALBUM HERE, TOO.

  • THIS IS "A HOLLY DOLLY CHRISTMAS."

  • THERE YOU GO.

  • I THINK EVERYBODY NEEDS SOME CHRISTMAS CHEER THIS YEAR.

  • PEOPLE ARE WORRIED ABOUT WHAT THEY'RE GOING TO DO WITH THE

  • HOLIDAYS.

  • IT'S THE NUMBER-ONE SONG ON "BILLBOARD'S" COUNTRY AND

  • HOLIDAY CHARTS.

  • WILLIE NELSON, MILEY CYRUS, JIMMY FALLON-- YOU'RE BREAKING

  • MY HEART HERE, DOLLY.

  • >> I KNOW.

  • BUT HE HAD ASKED ME YEARS AGO IF I WOULD SING ON HIS SHOW ONE

  • TIME, IF I WOULD SING "ALL YOU I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS SU," AND I

  • DIDN'T KNOW IT, BUT I LEARNED IT.

  • I PUT IT IN THE ALBUM AND CALLED HIM, "DO YOU STILL WANT TO SING

  • THAT SONG?

  • DO YOU WANT TO SING IT WITH ME."

  • WE THAT.

  • BUT YOU'RE A BETTER SINGER.

  • >> Stephen: THANK YOU, THANK YOU.

  • AND YOU'RE A BETTER GUEST.

  • ( LAUGHTER ) >> BUT I DO THAT, A LOT OF FUN

  • PEOPLE ON THAT.

  • BILLY RAY CYRUS, AND MILEY, AND WILLY, AND MICHAEL BOUBLEE.

  • I WROTE A SONG FOR US.

  • IT HAS ABOUT SIX SPECIAL GUESTS ON IT, IN ADDITION TO SOME

  • TRADITIONAL THINGS, AND SOME NEW THINGS THAT I'D WRITTEN.

  • SO I'M PROUD OF THE ALBUM.

  • >> Stephen: HEY, EVERYBODY, WE HAVE TO TAKE