Understanding Jolene

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From “12tone”. ( YouTube / Nebula )

I love this song. I mean, I love all the songs I analyze, but there’s something special about Jolene. I’m not sure I’ve ever heard a piece of music quite like it. Everyone talks about the story of Jolene, the way the lyrics paint a compelling picture of desperate loss, but it’s not just a poem. It’s a song, and I want to give some more credit to the way the music helps tell that story too. It’s simple music, for sure, but there’s an artistry to its simpleness that makes Jolene a timeless classic.

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Also, thanks to Jareth Arnold for proofreading the script to make sure this all makes sense hopefully!

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