Parton, Dolly - Smoky Mountain Memories Lyrics

You ought to go north somebody told us
Cause the air is filled with gold dust
And fortune falls like snow flakes in your hands
Now I don't recall who said it
But we'd lived so long on credit
And so we headed out to find our promised land

Just poor Smoky Mountains farm folk
With nothing more than high hopes
So we hitched our station wagon to a star
But our dreams all fell in on us
Cause there was no land of promise
Though it's a stuggle just keepin' sight of who you are

Oh and these northern nights are dreary
And my southern heart is weary
As I wonder how the old folks are back home
But I know that they all love me
And they're all thinking of me
The Smoky Mountains memories keep me strong

You know I've been thinkin' a whole lot lately
About what's been and what awaits me
It takes all I've got to give what life demands
You go insane if you give in to it
Life's a mill and I've been through it
I'm just thankful I'm creative with my hands

Oh and these northern nights they're dreary
And my southern eyes are teary
As I wonder how the old folks are back home
But I'll keep leanin' on my Jesus
He'll love and guide and lead us
The Smoky Mountains memories keep me strong

If I'll keep looking to the father
Keep our heads above the water
While the Smoky Mountains memories keep me strong

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  1. John Acord

    San Diego County memories are DEMONS i am making progress defeating. When I left, it was get out of Dodge.

  2. Hailey Childress

    I love dolly's voice. When I'm mad or when I'm not in a good mood I listen to dolly's music and it makes me feel better and happy

  3. Ricky Reynolds

    Bless the Parton family. My mothers family Jenkins fought, married and strived with the Partons in good ol Sevierville, Tennessee.

  4. Deepak Nayak

    Quite possibly the very best of Dolly Parton and country music too. Never ceases to amaze how heartrending the words and it's phrasing are. Pure genius!

  5. Lg Mayes

    I saw this concert live at her Heartsong theater in Dollywood...this song has always been a special favorite..Smoky Mountain memories keep me strong..thank you Dolly for that 1994 concert

  6. Joe Nobody

    Who could thumbs down this? What A holes! GOD bless this country

  7. Iryne Chumbs

    i loved this song for years and i still do its so inspiring so uplifting

  8. Jack Taylor-Brown

    2:02 I absolutely lost it how beautiful

    Erna Bajric

    She's absolutely amazing and astonishingly talented!

  9. Simon Saimee Samat

    Whenever I listen to this song, it makes me feel as if I am still a good person. It reminds me of the good folks back home used to be in my life and had been very kind to me.

  10. terri juarez

    I wonder why she changed the title of this song.

  11. Yugo

    I love you Dolly!

  12. Emma Lee

    Fantastic song.

  13. Linnea Ekblad

    I haven't heard this song in three years, and I still remember the lyrics. Such a powerful performance. The audience is dead quite and witnessing this fantastic singer doing what she does best- sing

  14. laughingcat

    A religious experience

  15. Erna Bajric

    The best artist ever. Ever.

  16. Naomi Love

    Amazing song. Reminds me of being a little girl listening to this with my Dad. ❤

  17. Kelvin Missana

    Nice songs I love you dolly parton

  18. Spase Toast

    Don't usually comment unless moved to.....definitely moved to......This IS talent and years of dedication to musical art.....The way it should be....entertained because your moved by the artist and his/her incredible gifts....not entertained because of their looks, how far or high they can jump while singing, or impressed by the fireworks. The term "artist" is used far too liberally today. Dolly is one of the few "true artists" in country and bluegrass left.


    I agree with you word for every  word in your post!!!!!!

    Cj Taylor

    Spase Toast I agree I'm only 15 and that is so true we literally have like 20 artist left

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  20. Ben Etkin

    Prob my fave song by her such a beautiful voice always !

  21. Zachary Hurt

    Could listen nonstop!  What a beautiful song!

  22. Bob Butler

    Dolly singing better now than ever. One of the purest country songs ever, had everything that makes country what it is. Musicianship here is awesome.could listen to this 100 times and still be amazed. Thnx Dolly, band, and whoever posted it!

  23. laughingcat

    Most powerful country anthem ever. Thanks Dolly.

  24. yu3p2x1

    Wonderful song, song writer, singer.

  25. Mapz Hmar Zate

    wow..i died a litle.

  26. Adria Garcia

    I love this song, and to me this is the best performance of it. She just gets better and better.

  27. leonelle cea

    She's just like telling us a story. Loved it <3

  28. texmustangbullitt

    Amazingly beautiful! Thank you Dolly!  We love you!

  29. iluvdogs

    This song has been written about in scholarly works about Appalachia, as has her song Wildflowers. She is more than an entertainer - more than she has ever been given credit for.

  30. fakefrenchboy

    Beautiful song!

  31. laughingcat

    Absolutely hauntingly beautiful. Thank you Dolly.

    Jack Taylor-Brown

    laughingcat she’s great and mighty

  32. joe maxwell

    I have been listening to Dolly since she appeared on 'Porter Wagoner" when I was 10 years old, and have been mesmerized by her since.

  33. Michel Gyebi

    Wow! Wow! Wow!...

  34. Angus Tye

    When I saw Dolly it sent shivers down my spine, this song makes me feel exactly the same!

  35. Jeremy Whited

    Love It. Love Dolly?