Dolly Parton Tells Oprah Winfrey What’s Going to Happen ‘When Life Is Good Again’

2020 has been a hard year for everyone, but Dolly Parton has some words of encouragement. The inspirational country music singer released a new song in May called “When Life Is Good Again,” only two months into the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Months later, she still means it and even Oprah Winfrey needed to hear it.

Oprah Winfrey and Dolly Parton
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Parton appeared on The Oprah Conversations on Nov. 13. The singer elaborated to Winfrey on her hopes and predictions for a return to normal.

Dolly Parton sings to Oprah Winfrey

Parton sang part of “When Life Is Good Again” to Winfrey. She chose a verse that talks about becoming a better person when we get the chance to reunite after various lockdowns. 

“It says, ‘When life is good again, I’ll be a better friend, a better person when life is good again. We’ve been brought to our knees. We’ve been so ill at ease, but there are no guarantees but life goes on. And when it’s over I’ll open up my heart and let the whole world in. I’ll try to make amends when life is good again,’” Parton sang.

Don’t worry, Dolly Parton says it’s going to be okay

2020 has been difficult in a lot of ways. People have lost loved ones, many have lost work and kids have missed out on formative years. If there’s anyone who can make things feel better, Parton assuring us that things will get better certainly helps. 

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“And, it’s gonna be good again,” Parton said. “Of course, there’s more of [the song]. It gets more big and more involved but the main thing is when life is good again, we’ll be walking and dancing with our friends. We’ll just have parties and we’ll do whatever when life is good again but we have to, I think, take notice of what God’s trying to show us and make the most of that nad just try to be better people on the other side.”

The lesson she hopes people learn from the tough times 

Parton speaks openly about her faith, and when she predicts better things to come, she believes there is a spiritual message for us. Parton told Winfrey what she believes could be the lesson in this year of hardship.

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“I think he’s trying to tell us to be a little more concerned about other people,” Parton said. “He’s trying to tell us that we’re getting a little loose. I think he’s really telling us that we’re just getting a little too scattered. We’re losing our principles and our values. We’re not paying attention to the things that really, really matter. I’ve been writing a lot and I’ve written a lot of songs about what I’ve learned and what I think God is trying to teach us.”