Had it not been for Caryle a couple weeks ago, who knows how long it might have been before I thought of the Dolly Parton song "Me & Little Andy" again? We had a good laugh about it one night when she and Jeff were here - we were trying to explain the comedy behind such a freaking depressing song to Jeff and Heidi, but they mostly weren't having it.
The song tells the story of a little girl (Sandy) and her puppy dog (Little Andy) that show up at Dolly's house "late one cold and stormy night." Predictably, Momma has run off again and Daddy's drunk again in town - and they're wondering if they can stay with Dolly. I remember it from the classic HBO concert "Dolly Live In London" that I watched ad infinitum as a young kid (see, my taste was impeccable even then!) - look out below:
I don't know, there's something about Dolly doing that little girl voice - it's oddly endearing and cringeworthy (tipping mostly on the cringeworthy side - although my 10 year old self would have never believed that!!)
Dolly's written a lot of great songs - she's truly a treasure in country music although country music won't recognize it now. As I've said so many times before, beneath all the makeup and wigs and big boobs is a truly gifted songwriter. Of all my star-crushes, I think Dolly would be the one person that I'd truly like to meet and have dinner with.
But as depressing Dolly Parton songs go, my favorite will always be "Down From Dover."