Dolly Parton Moved Stephen Colbert To Tears During Impromptu Performance

  • Dolly Parton Moved Stephen Colbert To Tears During Impromptu Performance

Dolly Parton Moved Stephen Colbert To Tears During Impromptu Performance

"I just feel like I can express myself in ways that I don't need a doctor for, I don't need therapy, I just sing it all out, write it all out".

"Oh, you're crying?" Parton said in between lyrics.

Dolly Parton was the featured virtual guest on Tuesday's episode of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, where the country singer/songwriter was promoting her forthcoming autobiography/coffee table book, Songteller: My Life in Lyrics, due out next month. Colbert brought up Parton's mother and her influence on the artist's songwriting, especially as it pertains to songs that tell stories. As he wipes his eyes with tissues, Parton continues singing until she jokingly announces, "I better hush before you cry yourself to death and we can't finish the show!"

Dolly Parton touched Stephen Colbert while appearing in "The Late Show".

"Like a lot of Americans, I'm under a lot of stress right now, Dolly", Colbert says, laughing. No judgement. It's not like you'd be able to keep your eyes dry if one of the most attractive voices in America started serenading your tired, 2020-ladened soul.

"We used to cry when Mama would sing though", Parton replied, validating the host's reaction.

Parton had her own moment of emotion while recording at least one of the tracks on her new holiday album, A Holly Dolly Christmas, out now. "I'll tell you. That was pretty handsome".

Dating back to the late 1800s and popularized in the 1920s, the song tells the sad tale of a jilted young woman who is abandoned right before her wedding.

"Isn't it humorous that typically there's nothing happier than a cry?"

"Yeah, I think it cleanses your soul", Parton said. "Water's good to wash it out".