Down from Dover

Dolly Parton

About Down from Dover

Down from Dover is a song written and performed by Dolly Parton, originally released on Parton's album The Fairest of them All (1970). It was later recorded by many other artists, including Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazlewood and Marianne Faithfull (on her 2008 covers album Easy Come, Easy Go).


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(Dolly Parton)

I know this dress I'm wearing doesn't hide the secret I've tried concealing 
When he left he promised me he'd be back by the time it was revealing 
The sun behind a cloud just casts the crawling shadow o'er the fields of clover 
And time is running out for me, I wish that he would hurry down from Dover 
He's been gone so long, when he left the snow was deep upon the ground 
And I have seen a spring and summer pass and now the leaves are turning brown 
At any time a tiny face will show itself 'cause waiting's almost over 
But I won't have a name to give it if he doesn't hurry down from Dover, from Dover, from Dover 

My folks weren't understanding, when they found out they sent me from the home place 
My daddy said if folks found out he'd be ashamed to ever show his face 
My mamma said I was a fool, she did not believe it when I told her 
Momma, everything's gonna be all right 'cause soon he would be coming down from Dover 

I found a place to stay out on a farm takin' care of that old lady 
She never asked me nuthin' so I never talked to her about my baby 
I sent a messgae to my mom with a name and address of Ms. ol' Grover 
And to make sure he got that information when he came down from Dover 

I loved him more than anything and I could not refuse him when he needed me 
He was the only one I'd loved and I just can't believe that he was usin' me 
He wouldn't leave me here like this, I know it can't be so, it can't be over 
He wouldn't make me go through this alone, he'll be coming down from Dover 

My body aches the time is here it's lonely in this place where I'm lying 
Our baby has been born, but something's wrong, it's too still, I hear no crying 
I guess in some strange way she knew she'd never have a father's arms to hold her 
So dying was her way of tellin' me he wasn't coming down from Dover, from Dover, from Dover 
Down from Dover 

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Dolly Parton

Dolly Rebecca Parton (born January 19, 1946) is an American singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, actress, author, and philanthropist, best known for her work in country music. She has composed over 3,000 songs, the best known of which include "I Will Always Love You" (a two-time U.S. country chart-topper for Parton, as well as an international pop hit for Whitney Houston), "Jolene", "Coat of Many Colors", "9 to 5", and "My Tennessee Mountain Home". As an actress, she starred in the movies 9 to 5, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, Steel Magnolias, Gnomeo & Juliet, Straight Talk, Unlikely Angel, and Joyful Noise. She is one of the most successful female country artists of all time; with an estimated 175 million in album sales, Dolly Parton is also o… more »

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Written by: Dolly Parton

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12 facts about this song

Song Composition
"Down from Dover" was written solely by Dolly Parton, displaying her skills as a talented songwriter.
Album History
The song was first released as part of Dolly Parton's studio album, "The Fairest of them All," in 1970.
"Down from Dover" is classified under the Country genre, fitting well within Parton's own biography and style.
Controversial Theme
The song touches upon controversial subjects like pregnancy out of wedlock and society's judgement, unusual for a country song in the 1970's.
Banned Song
Due to its controversial theme, it was reportedly banned from many country radio stations upon its release.
"Down from Dover" is an excellent example of Dolly's storytelling within her music and is considered a ‘story song’ with the whole narrative of love, betrayal and loss told within its lines.
Later Releases
The song was later released in a version that included additional verses, presented in Parton's 2001 album, "Little Sparrow."
Cover Versions
Numerous artists, such as Marianne Faithfull and Nancy Sinatra, have covered "Down from Dover."
Unequalled Vocal
The song is known for Dolly’s heart-wrenching, visceral vocal performance.
Innovative Song Structure
"Down from Dover" is unique in its structure, as the revealing of the story’s devastating conclusion within its last line marked a departure from traditional songwriting format.
Unfamiliar territory
The song talks about forbidden love and the consequences of it, which was unfamiliar territory in country music at the time.
Early Career
"Down from Dover" is one of the early examples of Dolly Parton's depth and brilliance as a songwriter, as she was not afraid to tackle difficult or taboo subjects.

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