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Beyoncé’s ‘Jolene’ Lyrics Reference Her and Jay-Z’s Relationship

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Beyoncé didn’t do a straightforward cover of “Jolene” on her new album Cowboy Carter. Instead, the singer interpolated Dolly Parton’s original hit country song and added her own lyrics that seem to reference her and her husband Jay-Z’s history together. (“We been deep in love for twenty years / I raised that man, I raised his kids / I know my man better than he knows himself.”)

Beyoncé’s “Jolene” serves as a warning to a temptress not to take her partner from her and her family. On the heels of Beyoncé’s Lemonade, which explored themes of infidelity, it’s a revealing look into how Beyoncé’s view of her own relationship has evolved over the past nearly eight years.

Bey met Jay-Z when she was 18 in 2000. They started dating in 2001 and got married in April 2008. They have three children together: 12-year-old Blue Ivy and 6-year-old twins Sir and Rumi.

Beyoncé doesn’t give many interviews, nor does she talk at length about her marriage to the press. Instead, she lets her art tell her story.

As for how Parton feels about Beyoncé reimagining her song? The country legend, who is also featured on Beyoncé’s album, cleverly reacted to news on her Instagram Story when the track list came out.

Parton reposted it and wrote, “Play the original while you wait for @beyonce’s ‘Jolene.’” She included a link to stream her 1974 song:

dolly parton's post supporting beyonce's jolene

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Read the lyrics to Beyoncé’s version, via Genius, and listen to it below.

Intro

(Jolene)

(Jolene)



Chorus


Jolene, Jolene, Jolene, Jolene

I’m warnin’ you, don’t come for my man (Jolene)

Jolene, Jolene, Jolene, Jolene

Don’t take the chance because you think you can

Verse 1



You’re beautiful beyond compare

Takes more than beauty and seductive stares

To come between a family and a happy man

Jolene, I’m a woman too

Thе games you play are nothing new

So you don’t want no hеat with me, Jolene

We been deep in love for twenty years

I raised that man, I raised his kids

I know my man better than he knows himself (Hah, wait)

I can easily understand why you’re attracted to my man

But you don’t want this smoke, so shoot your shot with someone else (You heard me)

Chorus



Jolene, Jolene, Jolene, Jolene

I’m warnin’ you, woman, find you your own man

Jolene, I know I’m a queen, Jolene

I’m still a Creole banjee bitch from Louisiana’ (Don’t try me)



Verse 2


There’s a thousand girls in every room

That act as desperate as you do

You a bird, go on and sing your tune, Jolene (What?)

I had to have this talk with you

’Cause I hate to have to act the fool

Your peace depends on how you move, Jolene

Me and my man crossed those valleys

Highs and lows and everything between

You did roll in like tumbling weeds

I sleep good happy, ’cause you can’t dig up our planted seeds

I know my man’s gon’ stand by me breathing in my gentle breeze (Ah)

Bridge: Choir and Beyoncé



I crossed those valleys

Highs and lows and everything between

You did roll in like tumbling weeds

Good and happy, ’cause you can’t dig up our planted seeds

Jolene, Jolene, Jolene, Jolene, Jolene

I’ma stand by her, she will stand by me, Jolene

Outro: Choir and Beyoncé



I’ma stand by him, he gon’ stand by me

(I’ma stand by her, she gon’ stand by me)

I’ma stand by him, he gon’ stand by me, Jolene

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