Dolly Parton

The Letter

Song Information
By: Dolly Parton
Original Appearance: My Tennessee Mountain Home
Compilations: None
Alternate Versions: None

Spoken:

This is the first letter that I wrote back home to Momma and Daddy a few days after I'd moved to Nashville:

June 2, 1964
Nashville, Tennessee

Dear Momma and Daddy,

I hope this letter finds everybody well and happy.  As for me, I'm fine I guess.  I'm just a little lonesome and a whole lot homesick.  I got to Nashville okay and I thought I'd better write and let you know cause I knew you'd be worried about me and I don't want you to be worried about me cause I'm gonna be alright once I get settled and used to being away from home.  I didn't realize how much I loved you and all them noisy kids until I left and I didn't realize how hard it was to leave home either til I started to leave and everybody started crying, including me.  I cried almost all the way to Nashville and I wanted to turn around a few times and come back but you know how bad I've always wanted to go to Nashville and be a singer and songwriter and I believe that if I try long enough and hard enough that someday I'll make it.  Don't worry about trying to sending me any money or anything cause I've got a job singing on the early morning television show here called the Eddie Hill Show.  A couple of folks already told me that they might record a couple of my songs so I'll be making enough money to get by and I don't want you worrying about me being hungry or anything.  Nashville is not exactly what I thought it was gonna be, but I believe I'm gonna like it here once I get used to it.  And I don't want you worrying about me getting in trouble either cause I'll be good just like I promised you I would when I left.  Well, can't think of anything else to say.  I guess I'd better close for now.  You write me real soon.  Tell everybody I said hello and I'm gonna be real anxious to hear from you cause I sure miss you and I love you an awful lot.

With love as always,

-Dolly