It’s Thanksgiving, so instead of featuring a sad song, we’re going to have a song that lets us know to be thankful for what we have. And what better song for that than Dolly Parton’s classic “Coat of Many Colors.” It’s based on Parton’s life, growing up poor in rural Tennessee. So poor, in fact, that instead of buying new clothes for school, her mother used to sew up spare pieces of fabric and rags for their outfits. While doing this, she would tell them the story of Joseph’s Coat Of Many Colors, which was handed down to him because he was the most loved son of Israel. But when she proudly wore her coat to school, they other kids made fun of her. But Parton, instead of being ashamed, realized that her coat was made with love, and it worth more than all their clothes.
Parton wrote the song while on tour with Porter Wagoner. She famously had no spare paper, so write the song on the back of a dry cleaning receipt for one of Wagoner’s suits. When the song became a hit, Wagoner had the scrap of paper framed. It reached #4 on the country chart in 1971.