Dolly Parton Shares Personal ‘Sacrifice’
"I was gonna be rich no matter how much it cost / And I was gonna win no matter how much I lost / Grindstones and rhinestones have made up my life / But I've shined like a diamond through sacrifice"
Those are the poignant words of Dolly Parton from a verse on her brand-new single, 'Sacrifice.' The country legend tells us that the tune, released to radio this week, is one of the most personal on her latest album, 'Better Day.'
"Certainly early on in my career, I wanted to have things," Dolly reflects to The Boot. "I wanted to travel and I wanted to be loved. I wanted to be on stage, and I wanted to have money ... coming from someone who knew what it was like to be without it. I just thought, 'If I am gonna get to where I really want to go, I'm going to have to be willing to make any sacrifice it takes.' I certainly paid my dues ... I seem like a happy person, and I am. I have a happy heart. But I've been through heartache, I've known my sorrows. I paid my major prices for my career, but I wouldn't trade it for nothing. Yes, it's been worth the sacrifice."
In true 'Dolly Lama' style, 'Sacrifice' was not only inspired by the singer's own ambitions but also by the words of wisdom she wanted to share with fans. "Whatever your dreams are, whether you want to be a doctor or a manager or whatever you want to do, you've got to know that in order to get to where you want to go, you've gotta keep the momentum going," she says. "You can't just work at it a day or two, you've gotta be steady with it and you have to make sacrifices."
Being one of the most recognizable people in the entire world, Dolly has certainly sacrificed anonymity for her career. But the 65-year-old icon insists her fame never really overwhelms her.
"I haven't missed out on anything, because I do as I please," she insists. "People say, 'Oh, you can't even go to a restaurant.' I say, 'I most certainly can!' I know the time of day I can go when it won't be as crowded. Still, I always know there are going to be a certain amount of people who will come up and say hello or will want an autograph. I'm not one of those artists where they just go into a panic about that. I would probably feel worse if nobody recognized me or paid me any attention, since everything I've done is for attention!"
'Sacrifice' is the second single from 'Better Day,' following the sweet love song, 'Together You and I.' Dolly is now on tour in support of the album, which is on her own Dolly Records. Check out her tour dates here, and click here to enter the 'Better Day With Dolly' contest. Sponsored by the 'Sacrifice' singer and the Grand Ole Opry, the contest's grand prize includes a copy of 'Better Day,' an autographed guitar, two tickets to the Opry, tickets to the Country Music Hall of Fame and several exclusive tours. All entries must be received by 5:00 PM ET on Oct. 31.