Dolly Parton - The Sidestep Lyrics

Fellow Texans, I am proudly standing here to humbly see.
I assure you, and I mean it- Now, who says I don't speak out as plain as day?
And, fellow Texans, I'm for progress and the flag- long may it fly.
I'm a poor boy, come to greatness. So, it follows that I cannot tell a lie.

Ooh I love to dance a little sidestep, now they see me now they don't-
I've come and gone and, ooh I love to sweep around the wide step,
Cut a little swathe and lead the people on.

Now my good friends, it behooves me to be solemn and declare,
I'm for goodness and for profit and for living clean and saying daily prayer.
And now, my good friends, you can sleep nights, I'll continue to stand tall.
You can trust me, for I promise, I shall keep a watchful eye upon ya'll...

Ooh I love to dance a little sidestep, now they see me now they don't-
I've come and gone and, ooh I love to sweep around the wide step,
Cut a little swathe and lead the people on.

Now, Miss Mona, I don't know her, though I've heard the name, oh yes.
But, of course I've no close contact, so what she is doing I can only guess.
And now, Miss Mona, she's a blemish on the face of that good town.
I am taking certain steps here, someone somewhere's gonna have to close her down.

Ooh I love to dance a little sidestep, now they see me now they don't-
I've come and gone and, ooh I love to sweep around the wide step,
Cut a little swathe and lead the people on.

Ooh I love to dance a little sidestep...

And, ooh I love to sweep around the wide step...

Cut a little swathe and lead the people on.

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  1. Sean D

    It's Christmas 2019

    Merry Christmas everyone.

  2. Bram Hepburn

    Great choreography

  3. J Shannon

    this is one of the great scenes of cinema history

  4. Kayla K

    Guy: What the hell did he say?
    Girl: Same as usual not a damn thing..
    This gets me chuckled every time.

  5. Niki’s Path to Fertility

    i love this movie!!!

  6. Robert Heath

    I was there during the making of these scenes. My parents were extras next to Dom De Luise. Capitol scene was shot at night around 2 a.m. cold and rainy October 1980.

  7. Patricia Wallace


  8. RyderDavis

    I've never seen this movie, but I've done the show - the costume designer was in charge of Dolly Parton's wardrobe at DOLLYWOOD. Also, when I worked on the Universal Hollywood backlot, I spent a lot of time at the Chicken Ranch set from the film. Charles Durning is great in this scene.

  9. Moe

    This is so damn stupid

  10. Draka Dog

    Texas politics are not that complicated if you can shoot and teach Sunday school at the same time . You are Elected !!!


    This is like modern day green new deal crap,

  12. The Blue Morpho

    He got an Oscar nomination for this role. :-)

  13. Lyze

    220% better than any actual politician.

  14. Robert Wright

    I tried that hat move and got a neck spasm. Still worth it.

  15. ExtrackterYT

    This should be played over any political debates anytime... or at least the opening music number... or closing... or both...

  16. 1JAAJ

    This is the best performance .

  17. Melissa Carter Presley

    I was today years old when I learned that this role was played by the same actor who portrayed Pappy O'Daniel in O Brother Where Art Thou.

  18. Dorothy Richter

    As a child int TX I knew about the Chicken Ranch as did all my friends!


    When I attended TAMU 1979-85, there were STILL plenty of legends about it!

  19. The Wall

    You can tell he's a Democrat.

  20. Ju Borah


  21. John Brightleaf

    Talented, hilarious and such a good natured fellow

  22. Michele Walburn

    Republicans comment that this is Democrats and Democrats comment that this is Republicans. Listen to each other. This is all of those dirty asses.

  23. Michele Walburn

    I need to see this movie again

  24. Keith Sullivan

    I saw Nancy Pilosi's last media interview and immediately thought of this clip.

  25. Donnie Webster

    Never gets old.

  26. John Mosson

    Charles Durning ..... a genuine Hero! ..... and truly missed .... R.I.P. sir!

  27. lolaslovesterl

    I dont know what it is about this song/dance but it just makes me so un reasonably happy

  28. krivoniak

    That's me to the lower left holding rolls of maps at 3:30±. I'm in a few other shots, but friends I didn't tell about being in the movie recognized me from this shot.

  29. Diane Berg

    This song is strangely catchy

  30. Muttonchop Hal

    I just watched Kamala Harris continually dodge the question of how much her health plan will cost and whether folks would have to give up their private insurance. And I thought of this number.

    Crocheted Lace

    Not to mention Elizabeth Warren's sidestepping on her healthcare plans.

  31. Lloyd Mcnabb

    I think I want to do this musical video me and my top hat

  32. Bruce Bennett

    the "hat trick" kills me another political visual gag.

  33. MsG DeShazer

    I just watched this for the first time! My favorite part!!

    The Blue Morpho

    I'm so jealous! I wish I could watch it for the first time again. :-)

  34. Marianne piiksi

    hahaha 🤣🤣🤣🇳🇴

  35. Lee Brown

    Watched the movie today and then had to look this up to watch this scene again! I love the little shimmy on the “ooh” and the way he pops on the hat and then turns into it. Great fun!

  36. ronnie m

    Mmmmmm, mmmmm who does this remind me of 🤔. This is the best scene from the movie.

  37. Donald Jensen

    This should be called the D.C. Sidestep as most of our politicians seem to be pros in this dance!

  38. Kevin Healey

    Charles Durning was a U. S. Army Ranger at Normandy earning a Silver Star and awarded the Purple Heart.

  39. Larry Baxter

    He sure played a wide range of roles. And was just as good in "Oh Brother Where Art Thou?"

  40. Becky Heath

    This should be played every time a Republican opens his mouth.

  41. Ashleigh Jaima Osborne

    Brilliantly done💕😊🇨🇦

  42. Taylor Made

    I was married in this Capitol building, 2nd floor overseeing the library.

    John Brightleaf

    And you did not do a side step

    The Blue Morpho

    Awwww, that's so sweet! :-)

  43. Rachael Kearns

    That hat move!

  44. James Charbonneau

    Amazing talent. He was actually from New York born to Irish Immigrant father. He was more importantly a War Hero.

    Liam Ryan

    Great on NCIS

  45. Kevin Healey

    Charles Durning participated in Normandy invasion.

  46. TheStavros1001

    That was one great performance!

  47. Bill Billy

    The highlight of the movie.

  48. adam casas

    Great dance number. I cant move that well at a fraction of his age

  49. gunsaway1

    Great actor!

  50. Ebony Nicole

    Now Ms.Mona I don't know her😒

  51. Mickey Bowser

    OH OH OH !!!OH WOW.

  52. Orville Meadows

    Most accurate political song I’ve ever heard


    Its a song Elizabeth Warren sings when it comes Medicare for all

  53. Tyrone Johnson

    The Hat Exit Is Priceless .

  54. kevin kling

    this movie makes "the room" look like "citizen kane"

  55. UptickMick

    So applicable to current political dialogue, ahem, talk around I mean side step.

  56. Nick Kastsaridis

    Jesus tell me if this is not the blueprint of how old Democrats act and react when they're asked questions

    Magnificent Failure

    All of them, not just Democrats.


    Except I don't think that either Republicans or Democrats can dance that well - or at least not with that much enjoyment.

  57. SHAWN MICHAEL Duncan

    Charles Durning was part of D-DAY invasion.


    Yes. He was awarded the Silver Star, Bronze Star, three Purple hearts and Later the Legion of Honor from France for his Heroic Service during the War

    John Brightleaf

    Just nothing but an American success story huh? He managed it all pretty much

  58. Paul DeMuro

    DAB at 2:03

    sam zuriel

    I wonder if he traveled to 2018 and stole it. Lol


    More likely it was copied and pawned off as new, like the moonwalk....

  59. McGannahan Skyjellyfetti

    ~RIP Charles Durning~

  60. samrcat4077

    Charles Durning was perfect for this number.

  61. Kenna

    Friend:hey, you wanna hang out?

  62. Army Mobility Officer

    It behooves both the Jew and the Arab to settle their differences in a Christian manner.

  63. Erik Gjernes

    The sad part about this is that this is EXACTLY the way most Politicians are today!

    Trisha Rose

    Nervous Chimera sadly no otherwise it would be more entertaining and less upsetting


    They are EXACTLY like this!

    Michele Walburn

    They've always been this way


    @Michele Walburn ,,have you been listening to all the promises that the demonrats are saying? They promas everything from soup to hay and IF they get elected nine times out of ten they will forget what they say or the blame it not passing on the other side. Heres some friendly advice from a no body from eastern Kentucky, just look at what they have done and how they acted and figure out what kind of a person they are. Cause if you look deep enough you will figure it out. It doesnt matter which side you are left or right and take a good look and see which person lies the less and doesnt make promises that you know they cant keep.

    The Blue Morpho

    @hoskinmage The Republicans are exactly the same.

  64. Silverio Bocanegra

    Truly love this seen.
    Best part of the movie.

  65. Grahf Zero

    This and the scene with Burt Reynolds character wearing the Japanese slingshot underwear is what made me laugh most as a kid watching this.

    Robert Mills

    As a kid i liked the aggie song

    Leonard Hughes

    Deluise is annoying in this picture he's had better roles.

    The Blue Morpho

    @Leonard Hughes Well Dom doesn't play the baddie very often. It doesn't suit him.

  66. Scott Nelson

    When of the best numbers in modern musical history (in my opinion).

  67. Rowan Hopson

    This is a full mood

  68. wallycarrott

    You can tell that Charles Durning is having an absolute ball with this scene.


    He really makes it look like it's not a lot of tedious, hard work.

    michael palmer

    Haha. That was Soo good! I love that scene

    Heidi Christensen

    HOPE he got a good award for it. What did he die of ! :(

    The Blue Morpho

    @Heidi Christensen He was nominated for Best Supporting Oscar, but didn't win. He died of natural causes at age 89.

    Dorothy Richter

    I think that's why I like it so much!

  69. TenderQWERTY

    I wish all politicians were like this.


    Sceeming, vague, sidestepping issues, spineless?
    I have good news for you: They ARE!


    @ExtrackterYT I think TenderQWERTY means it'd be better if they danced that well