Dolly Parton’s Biggest Weaknesses Are ‘Food, Sex, and Music’

Dolly Parton doesn’t have many weaknesses, but she does have three: “Food, sex, and music… but not necessarily in that order.” In her 2020 book, Dolly Parton, Songteller: My Life in Lyrics, the Queen of Country writes about being drawn to sexy songs and the question of if she’s really a “bad girl.”

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Dolly Parton’s weaknesses

“I ask you, is this the face of a bad girl?” Parton writes under a picture of herself smiling her famous ear-to-ear Dolly smile in her book. “I have always said my weakness is food, sex, and music… but not necessarily in that order.”

It’s no secret that music has a great hold on Parton. It’s what her life’s all about. In Dolly Parton, Songteller, the reader also learns about the Queen of Country’s passion for fried clams and other southern comforts. She particularly loves desserts. As for Parton’s third weakness, she says she’s “never met a man I didn’t like.” It’s this latter weakness that’s bled into Parton’s songwriting through the years, allowing the Queen of Country to create some famously sexy songs and characters.

‘It’s All Wrong, But It’s All Right’

Dolly Parton has quite a few sultry songs in her repertoire. One of them is “It’s All Wrong, But It’s All Right,” a song about a woman having a one-night stand.

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“I thought this was a clever title and a clever idea for a song,” she wrote in her 2020 book. “I’ve always been drawn to sexy songs, and this happens to be one of my favorites. This character in this one just kinda throws caution to the wind, as most of us have done at one time or another.”

The song came out in 1978 on the Here You Come Again album, which was Parton’s first album to earn a Platinum Record for sales exceeding one million. The co-author of Parton’s book, Robert K. Oermann, notes that “as recently as a decade before, it would have been unthinkable for a country-music woman to sing this lyric about having casual sex.”

Dolly Parton has always owned her sexuality

In an interview Parton did with People in 2020, she spoke about how sexy she thinks it is to be comfortable in one’s own skin.

“That’s sexy,” she said. “You may not want to dress or look like me, you can take from that to be yourself. I’m a very passionate person in everything that I do, and I think passion has great sex appeal. I think people are drawn to that because it’s a magic. It’s an energy.”

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Parton went on to say that her confidence and passion spill over into her love life. And she’s not sorry about it.

“I’ve always been a great lover because I’m passionate,” she said. “I just feel my sensuality, my sexuality, my passion, and I don’t have to apologize for any of that. I’ve never been offensive in any way, never tried to be. Or I’ve never tried to be anything other than just what I am.”