Coat of Many Colors
Back through the years I go wonderin' once again Back to the seasons of my youth I recall a box of rags that someone gave us And how my momma put the rags to use There were rags of many colors Every piece was small And I didn't have a coat And it was way down in the fall Momma sewed the rags together Sewin' every piece with love She made my coat of many colors That I was so proud of As she sewed, she told a story From the Bible, she had read About a coat of many colors Joseph wore and then she said Perhaps this coat will bring you Good luck and happiness And I just couldn't wait to wear it And momma blessed it with a kiss My coat of many colors That my momma made for me Made only from rags But I wore it so proudly Although we had no money I was rich as I could be In my coat of many colors My momma made for me So with patches on my britches And holes in both my shoes In my coat of many colors I hurried off to school Just to find the others laughing And making fun of me In my coat of many colors My momma made for me And oh I couldn't understand it For I felt I was rich And I told 'em of the love My momma sewed in every stitch And I told 'em all the story Momma told me while she sewed And how my coat of many colors Was worth more than all their clothes But they didn't understand it And I tried to make them see That one is only poor Only if they choose to be Now I know we had no money But I was rich as I could be In my coat of many colors My momma made for me Made just for me
Written by: DOLLY PARTON
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11 facts about this song
"Coat of Many Colors" was written by Dolly Parton in 1969 on the back of a dry cleaning receipt while on tour with Porter Wagoner.
The song was inspired by a true story from Parton's childhood. Her mother had stitched together a coat for her from scraps of cloth, retelling the story of Joseph from the Bible to keep her spirits high.
"Coat of Many Colors" is not just a song but a symbol of Parton's commitment to promoting literacy and a love of reading among children.
Upon its release, the song received wide critical acclaim, often mentioned as Dolly Parton's finest songwriting achievement.
Recordings and Performance
"Coat of Many Colors" has been performed and recorded by numerous artists across different music genres.
The album, sharing the same title as the song, reached number seven on the US country albums charts and number 153 on the overall albums chart in 1971.
Dolly Parton later adapted "Coat of Many Colors" into a children’s book, aiming to promote kindness and tolerance.
In 2015, the song was turned into a TV movie by NBC, which takes viewers back to the tight-knit Parton family's home in Tennessee's Great Smoky Mountains.
Addressing Bullying Issue
Through the “Coat of Many Colors”, Parton subtly addresses the issue of bullying, recounting how she was made fun of by schoolmates for her patchwork coat.
The original, handwritten lyrics to “Coat of Many Colors” are on display at the Chasing Rainbows Museum in Dollywood, Dolly Parton’s theme park in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.
Honoring Her Mother
Dolly Parton has often stated that "Coat of Many Colors" is her favorite song she has written, as it honors her mother's skill and spirit during times of hardship.
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