Dolly Parton adds pandemic hero to list of achievements E! News UK

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

Ryan Cordell, associate professor of English at Northeastern University, posted on Twitter a video of himself performing a modified version of Parton’s signature song, renamed “Vaccine,” which has garnered tens of 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 delighted to see this news that she had contributed to the research on the COVID vaccine – I found it incredible,” 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. “

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