Song of the Day, September 16: More Than Their Share by Dolly Parton

DollyShareToday’s song is More Than Their Share by Dolly Parton. It appears on her lovely 1970 album, The Fairest of Them All, a song cycle of love, loss, and life stories. Written by Parton, the song fits nicely in her frequent theme of women seeking equality and fairness. She bemoans a partner who takes more than he gives, wondering if that’s how love has to be. Fragile but not weak, it’s a compelling delivery that makes the most of her clear, pure vocals. Unlike many of her independent woman lyrics, this one finds the narrator earlier in the process of doubting her relationship, a tricky position that Parton lays out nicely in both lyric and vocal delivery.

I say I’m sorry when the fault is not mine
And I take the blame for our fights all the time
I love you so much and it doesn’t seem fair
That someone must always give more than their share

Enjoy this wonderful song today.

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About Robert Hulshof-Schmidt
Freelance writer, researcher, online comic vendor, and project manager. Fan of a wide range of music -- especially folk and 80s pop -- vintage comics, British TV, and LGBT fiction.

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