Dolly Parton Covers Bon Jovi’s ‘Lay Your Hands on Me’
The song is on her upcoming album, ‘Blue Smoke,’ which is set for release in the US on May 13. She previewed the song during a show on her tour in Australia in February. The country legend says that she found an alternate meaning in the song than may have been originally intended.
“When I first heard that song, years ago, I thought, ‘Wow, that sounds so much like a gospel tune — with asking God to lay his hands on you,’” she says. “I grew up in a Pentecostal church, where we believed in healing and laying your hands, and praying for people who were sick and all that.”
Before re-creating the song in a new form, Parton says that she got the blessing from the tune’s writers.
“I called Jon Bon Jovi, and asked if he would be opposed for me turning it into a gospel tune — and I called Richie Sambora, who is a co-writer on it,” she says. “We all three got together, and everybody threw in their thoughts and their ideas. They certainly condoned my thoughts and ideas.”