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Who Is Jolene? Here’s Who Beyoncé Was Talking To On The Album ‘Act II: Cowboy Carter’



Who Is Jolene? Here's Who Beyoncé Was Talking To On The Album 'Act II: Cowboy Carter'

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In Beyoncé’s latest album release, “Act II: Cowboy Carter,” the iconic song “Jolene” takes on a new life, infused with Queen B’s signature style and a touch of threat. But who exactly is Jolene, and why is Queen B sending her warnings?

The Origin of Jolene:

American singer-songwriter and actress Dolly Parton first wrote “Jolene” in 1973. It tells the story of real-life jealousy, as Dolly begs competitor Jolene not to take her boyfriend in her depressing country lament. Being one of Parton’s most well-known songs, it has received a great deal of praise throughout the years and has been covered several times.

Beyoncé’s Rendition:

Beyoncé reinvents “Jolene” in “Act II: Cowboy Carter,” bringing a stronger voice to the song. Beyoncé’s rendition of the song acts as a warning to Jolene, advising her against approaching her man, rather than a plea. Beyoncé declares in the lyrics, “Your peace will depend on how you act, Jolene,” with a strength and confidence that radiates.

Who Is Jolene? Beyoncé’s Warning to Becky

Beyoncé’s song “Jolene” might be a warning to Becky, someone linked to Jay-Z’s alleged infidelity. While Dolly Parton’s original “Jolene” talks about jealousy, Beyoncé’s version adds a modern twist, possibly about her own marriage issues.

In Beyoncé’s song, she warns Jolene not to make a move on her man. This connects to the themes in her album “Lemonade,” where she talks about Jay-Z’s cheating and their struggles to have a baby.

The mention of “Becky with the good hair” in Beyoncé’s song “Sorry” got a lot of attention. It became a symbol of cheating.

Jay-Z’s album “4:44” also hinted at his cheating and mentioned Becky in the song “Family Feud.”

Beyoncé’s use of “Jolene” seems to talk about trust issues and cheating in relationships. It’s a way for her to express her feelings and connect with her audience.

The Influence of Black Culture on Country Music:

A performance of “Jolene” by Beyoncé appears in the second half of the Renaissance trilogy, which shows how black culture has influenced country music. Beyoncé adds a new angle to the traditional country story by working with well-known musicians like Willie Nelson and Linda Martell.

Dolly Parton’s Approval:

Surprisingly, Dolly Parton herself endorsed Beyoncé’s reimagining of “Jolene.” In an interview with The Daily Show in 2022, Parton expressed her desire to hear Beyoncé’s take on her song, likening it to Whitney Houston’s powerhouse rendition of “I Will Always Love You.”


“Jolene” has a timeless appeal that appeals to audiences of all ages. Beyoncé’s interpretation highlights the timeless value of Dolly Parton’s storytelling by giving the traditional story of envy a modern spin. Listeners are treated to a new take on a well-loved classic as they dive into “Act II: Cowboy Carter,” courtesy of Queen B herself.

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