Dolly Parton provides a public service by educating the masses of the exact type of person who will steal your man.
On Wednesday, the nation’s superstar took part in the new Twitter trend known as the Red Flag meme. To participate, users post characteristics about an individual, warning signs, or instances that they think are red flags, and follow that description with, well, a string of red flag emojis. Everything is deliciously fishy.
And while the above tweets are all worthy of the red “100” emoji, they could also pack their flags and go home – because Parton absolutely destroyed the competition when she posted her own red flag tweet.
In case you’ve been living under a rock in Red Rock Canyon for a few decades, the line is taken from Parton’s 1974 hit, “Jolene.” The song is about a beautiful red-haired mermaid who will seduce your lover with a voice “soft as summer rain”.
Interestingly enough, the origin of the song’s title actually comes from a pretty innocent place.
“One night I was on stage and there was this beautiful little girl – she was probably 8 years old at the time,” Parton told NPR. in 2008. “And she had that beautiful red hair, that beautiful skin, those beautiful green eyes, and she was looking at me, holding out, you know, for an autograph.” I said, ‘Well, you’re the prettiest little thing I’ve ever seen. So what’s your name? ‘ And she said, ‘Jolene.’ And I said, ‘Jolene. Jolene. Jolene. Jolene. ‘ I said, ‘It’s pretty. It sounds like a song. I’ll write a song about it.
Parton’s words, however, were inspired by a moment of jealousy.
Shortly after Parton married her husband, Carl Dean, in 1966, a pretty red-haired bank teller started flirting with him, according to the Independent.. It didn’t suit the songwriter, prompting her to write down her feelings about a woman she felt deserved all the red flags.