Dolly Parton Makes Stephen Colbert Cry with Impromptu "Bury Me Beneath the Willow" Performance
"Like a lot of Americans, I'm under a lot of stress right now, Dolly"
Published Oct 21, 2020After proclaiming her domination of this year's Christmas season through various holiday-themed releases, Dolly Parton has also announced plans for a new coffee book titled Songteller: My Life in Lyrics. In promoting the book on The Late Show, the artist successfully managed to make her host, Stephen Colbert, cry on-air with an impromptu performance.
Less than a verse into "Burt Me Beneath the Willow" — a folk tune about a woman's suicide that Parton's mom would sing to her as a child — Colbert laughed in an attempt to hold back tears, an effort that didn't work for very long.
"Oh, you're crying?" Parton asked before continuing her emotional assault. "So I better hush before you cry yourself to death and you can't finish the show," she added.
"Like a lot of Americans, I'm under a lot of stress right now, Dolly," Colbert responded. "You got under my tripwire right there, I'll tell ya right there. That was pretty beautiful."
He added: "Isn't it funny that sometimes there's nothing happier than a cry?"
After her book is released, Parton's new Netflix special Christmas on the Square is set to head to streaming on November 22. Earlier this month, the country icon shared A Holly Dolly Christmas, a 12-track album with five duets from five duets featuring Willie Nelson, Miley Cyrus, Michael Bublé, Billy Ray Cyrus and Jimmy Fallon.
Songteller arrives on November 17.
Watch the full interview below, and skip ahead to the 5-minute mark to cry along.