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Jewel and Dolly Parton Bond Over Childhood Hardship In Sentimental Duet

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Jewel Songs | Jewel and Dolly Parton Bond Over Childhood Hardship In Sentimental Duet | Country Music Videos
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Nothing beats a good Cinderella story.

That is especially true when the story is about a celebrity, since it's hard to imagine them ever being in "rags" instead of "riches."

Despite her incredible success as a folk-country singer-songwriter today, Jewel has been through some hard times. Using her experiences as an inspiration for her music, Jewel decided to reflect on her difficult upbringing in her song "My Father's Daughter." 

Jewel has been performing "My Father's Daughter" for several years, but never found a place to put it until she released her album, Picking Up The Pieces, on September 11, 2015.

But what makes the song extra special is the fact that Jewel is not the only one who sings it. She recorded the single with none other than the one and only Dolly Parton.

Jewel said it was a no-brainer to ask Parton to sing the duet with her. When she was growing up, Jewel said in an interview with Time that she admired Parton for raising herself up out of similar circumstances to her own:

“When you grow up as a girl on a homestead with an outhouse, you don’t have many heroes in the public eye. Dolly and Loretta [Lynn] were them, because they had outhouses and they had a similar lifestyle to me.” 

Jewel knew she wanted to ask Parton to sing the duet with her, but never expected her to say that she would.

"I was pretty surprised she said yes," Jewel said. "I’m tremendously honored.”

Jewel described what the recording process was like, saying that Parton showed up to the studio ten minutes early and that she was "well-prepared and looked amazing and was sarcastic and witty and everything you would hope Dolly Parton would be."

The song's lyrics tell a family story of sacrifice and hardship in the lives of the narrators' grandmothers and fathers. The narrators also had humble beginnings, singing about growing up in an old log cabin, honky tonks, and bars

At the end of the song, the narrators reveal that even though they are famous today, all of the riches in the world still don't change who they are.

Jewel and Parton's voices are perfect matches both for the song's folksy rhythm and for each other. 

But overall, it is the two singers' similar experiences that truly connect them to one another, making for a beautiful duet.

LYRICS BELOW

She stepped off of the boat to see flowers in his hands
The man she would marry was as hard as the mountains
She had his children in a log cabin
Soon I'd be another star in this family's constellation
In the land of the midnight sun
Searching for gold
I am my father's daughter
He has his mother's eyes
I am the product of her sacrifice
I am the accumulation of the dreams of generations
And their stories live in me like holy water
I am my father's daughter
My father raised me in an old log cabin
And he sang for me the songs his mother sang to him
In honky-tonks, and empty bars, just me and him
And that old guitar
He passed on a legacy wrapped up in a melody
And I carry on
Searching for gold
I am my father's daughter
I have his eyes
I am the product of his sacrifice
I am the accumulation of the dreams of generations
And their stories live in me like holy water
I am my father's daughter
And every time I step on stage

And the music finds me

I don't need gold to remind me
I am my father's daughter
I have my Grandma's eyes
I am the product of such sacrifice
I am the accumulation of the dreams of generations
And their stories live in me like holy water
I am my father's daughter
Oh, I am my father's daughter
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