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Dolly Parton Has Always Been Very Afraid Of One Thing


Dolly Parton may seem fearless but there is one fear she has carried with her. Ever since she was a little kid, she has been afraid of the dark. Back in 1977, it was revealed in a Rolling Stone interview that she still slept with a light on as an adult.

However, she used her fear to write songs. Her song “Jeannie’s Afraid of the Dark” was inspired by her own fear. It didn’t help that as a child, some of her classmates locked her in a coat closet in the dark.

Dolly Parton is afraid of the dark
DOLLY PARTON’S CHRISTMAS OF MANY COLORS: CIRCLE OF LOVE, (from left): Dolly Parton, Alyvia Alyn Lind, (aired Nov. 30, 2016). photo: Annette Brown / ©NBC / Courtesy: Everett Collection

Her song “Coat of Many Colors” is based on a true story. Her mother made her a coat out of rags and her classmates made fun of it. They locked her in a coat closet and she already had a fear of the dark! That would certainly be traumatic for any kid.
DOLLY PARTON’S HEARTSTRINGS, Dolly Parton, ‘JJ Sneed’, (Season 1, ep. 103, aired Nov. 22, 2019). photo: Tina Rowden / ©Netflix / Courtesy Everett Collection

Dolly once said, “That was a traumatic thing for a child of that age—to be shattered and to try to put those pieces back together, trying to teach a bunch of kids who didn’t want to know.”

Did you know that Dolly is afraid of the dark?

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Shirley Long

me to & I'm 81 shouldn't be afraid of nothing. Amen. Jesus said he would take care us. Do. not Fear.


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