I am a big Dolly Parton fan, I should probably state at the outset.
In this tune I love the yodelling. Because I am a big yodeling fan, as mentioned before.
I yearn for the simple life. I feel my life is anything but simple. Professional services. London. The bubble. The rat race. Metropolitan. Cosmpolitan (yes). The competitiveness. The insulation from ‘ordinary UK life’. Somewhat contrived. A bubble. Out of touch with reality. Too much attention to status. An incessant hunger to reach the next milestone. A lack of simplicity. A lack of connection. A lack of meaning.
For a long, long time – I’ve longed for simplicity. Real people. Real feelings. Meaning. Something ordinary. Something un-metropolitan. And I long to get back to my roots – would that I knew what or where they were (well – I was born in Wales, but it’s kind of complicated).
As a teenager I used to watch – and love – the US tv series Northern Exposure. That sort of life and community was the one I wanted to live in – I decided. But it really didn’t work out that way for me.
I think that’s why I like this song.