The legendary American singer, Dolly Parton, wrote and recorded "Coat Of Many Colors" in 1971. At many occasions she told that this is her favorite song she has written.
The song tells of how Parton's mother stitched together a coat for her out of rags received by the family. As she sewed, she told her child the Bible story of Joseph and his Coat of Many Colors. The excited child, "with patches on my britches and holes in both my shoes", rushed to school, "just to find the others laughing and making fun of me" for wearing a coat made of rags.
"And oh I couldn't understand it, for I felt I was rich
And I told them of the love my momma sewed in every stitch
And I told 'em all the story momma told me while she sewed
And how my coat of many colors was worth more than all their clothes"
The song ends where Parton sings the moral of her story:
"But they didn't understand it, and I tried to make them see
One is only poor, only if they choose to be
Now I know we had no money, but I was rich as I could be
In my coat of many colors my momma made for me"
Shania Twain recorded a cover version of the song on the 2003 Parton tribute album. Other cover versions include a 1976 recording by Emmylou Harris and a recording by Eva Cassidy released in 2008.
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