Dolly Parton’s most iconic hit given hilarious new twist to celebrate coronavirus vaccine rollout
“Vaccine”, a parody of Dolly Parton’s “Jolene”, has been released to celebrate the start of the COVID-19 vaccination programme.
Dolly Parton has become a global hero in the fight against coronavirus after it was revealed that she donated $1 million to help fund a promising vaccine.
On Tuesday (8 December), the day the UK became the first country in the world to start administering the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine, comedian Anna Morris delivered the perfect celebration.
Written by Morris, and sung by “the UK’s number one” Parton impersonator Kelly O’Brien, the “Vaccine” parody features lines like: “Inject you in my arm and thigh/ I’d even put you in my eye / Come cure me with your needle, oh vaccine.”
The (parody) song the world's been waiting for – VACCINE! ?#DollyParton
Lyrics by @annamorriscomic performed by Kelly O'Brien @TheDollyShow Editor @Sammy__Slick
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— Anna Morris (@annamorriscomic) December 8, 2020
Because of coronavirus O’Brien, who performed under the name The Dolly Show, filmed the entire music video herself at home.
She said: “We’re delighted with it. It’s so upbeat and positive and a great tribute to Dolly Parton, who’s done an amazing thing.
“Our dream would be for her to see it and even sing it. I think it should be Christmas number one!”
This is possibly the best thing to come out of the pandemic! ? ??? https://t.co/3BCu5PGJOo
— Rachel Binns (@aduabinns) December 9, 2020
Twitter users fell in love with the “Jolene” parody, which was watched more than 12,000 in the first two hours, describing it as “the best, funniest and definitely needed thing to come out of 2020”, and “an antidote of sincerity to counteract Matt Hancock’s tears on Good Morning Britain“.
One wrote: “When I tell my grandchildren about the pandemic, I will show them this first.”
“Didn’t know I needed this absolute bop in my life until now,” said another.
Dolly Parton thinks the COVID-19 pandemic will make us all better people
Last month, in an interview with the The Sunday Times, gay icon Dolly Parton discussed life after the pandemic, and said: “When life kinda gets back to normal, I’m thinking we’re going to be better people.
“We’re gonna try a little harder. I have to believe that. I think we’ll be better after this is all over.
“I know a lot of people that don’t have faith. They’re the ones having the hardest time because you’ve got to believe in something bigger than yourself or you really do have problems.”