Dolly Parton adds pandemic hero to her list of achievements


BOSTON (AP) – Dolly Parton is celebrated in song – a rewritten version of her own “Jolene” – for her contribution to an experimental vaccine against the coronavirus.

North East University Associate English Professor Ryan Cordell posted a video on Twitter of himself performing a modified version of Parton’s signature song, rebranded as “Vaccine,” which drew dozens of people. thousands of views.

The lyrics, “Vaccine, vaccine, vaccine, vaccine / I beg you, go to my arm / Vaccine, vaccine, vaccine, vaccine / Please protect me from the damage caused by COVID,” was written by linguist and author Gretchen McCulloch, who put them online and invited people to save them.

” I love this song. I love Dolly Parton. And I don’t know – I was inspired, ”Cordell told the Boston Globe on Tuesday. “So I went to get my guitar.”

Parton’s $ 1 million donation to Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville has helped researchers develop the experimental vaccine against Moderna’s coronavirus, announced this week.

Cordell grew up with Parton’s music, thanks to his parents and grandparents, and he has called Parton’s appearance at the Newport Folk Festival 2019 as one of his “favorite musical memories”.

“So I was thrilled to see this news that she had contributed to the research on the COVID vaccine – I thought it was amazing,” he said.

The positive reaction to his video from doctors, nurses and other medical professionals is particularly gratifying, he said.

“And it’s really amazing because these people are under so much pressure and stress, and especially right now when the hospitals are overwhelmed,” Cordell said. “And so, if they watched the video, and it made them happy for a minute, that’s all I need.


This story has been corrected to show that Parton’s donation was for Vanderbilt University Medical Center, and not Vanderbilt University, a separate entity.


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