Parton delivered an a cappella rendition of “Bury me under the willowThat had made Colbert reach for the tissues.
“Are you crying?” she asked in the middle of the song before delivering another verse and then stopping to have Colbert compose himself. “I should calm myself down before you cry yourself to death and can’t finish your show.”
Thrown off by his own reaction, Colbert laughed as he cried.
“Like many Americans, I’m under a lot of stress right now, Dolly,” Colbert said through both laughs and tears. “You got under my tripwire right there, I’ll tell you right there, that was pretty nice.”
After gathering his mind, Colbert said, “Isn’t it funny that sometimes there is nothing happier than crying?”
“It purifies your soul,” said Parton. “I think water is good for washing it out, that’s what tears are for.”
The moment happens about five and a half minutes after the interview:
Parton, 74, has been busier than ever despite the pandemic. She has a new album of Christmas carols entitled “A Holly Dolly Christmas,“With both standards and tracks written by Parton. The Christmas film “Dolly Parton’s Christmas in the Square” will be released on Netflix next month. The streaming video service currently also offers the documentary “Dolly Parton: Here I am. ”
To top it off, Parton will be releasing the book “Dolly Parton, Songteller: Mein Leben in Texten” in November, highlighting 175 of the more than 3,000 songs she has written. Parton previewed Colbert in the clip above and discussed her favorite songs below:
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