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Coat of Many Colors - Dolly Parton 
Themes: poverty, Joseph’s coat, rags to riches, successful women
Keyboard rhythm: country or bluegrass

Intro C   F   C  G
Back through the years  I go wondering once again
Back to the seasons of my youth
I recall a box of rags that someone gave us
And how my momma put the rags to use

There were rags of many colors  Every piece was small
And I didn’t have a coat And it was way down in the fall
      C                               F
Momma sewed the rags together  Sewing every piece with love
            C                         G              C
She made my coat of many colors  That I was so proud of

As she sewed, she told a story From the bible, she had read
About a coat of many colors Joseph |wore and then she said
              C                          F
Perhaps this |coat will bring you  Good |luck and happiness
            C                                   G                 C
And I just |couldn’t wait to wear it And momma |blessed it with a kiss

   F                           C
My coat of many colors That my momma made for me  
     F                    C          G
Made only from rags But I wore it so proudly
  C                            F
Although we had no money I was rich as I could be
      C                      G              C   -  D (key up)
In my coat of many colors My momma made for me

Coat of Many Colors - Dolly Parton page 1/2 in C

So with patches on my britches Holes in both my shoes
In my coat of many colors I hurried off to school
         D                            G
Just to find the others laughing  And making fun of me
      D                      A              D
In my coat of many colors My momma made for me

And oh I couldn’t understand it  For I felt I was rich
And I told them of the love  My momma sewed in every stitch
      D                             G
And I told em all the story   Momma told me while she sewed
           D                             A                   D
And how my coat of many colors Was worth more than all their clothes
                                                  [store bought]
         G                          D
But they didn’t understand it And I tried to make them see
     G                      D                 A
That one is only poor  Only if they choose to be
      D                               G
Now I know we had no money  But I was rich as I could be
      D                       A              G
In my coat of many colors  My momma made for me
Made just for me

This “rags to riches” story is the signature song by country star Dolly Parton about her
 “dirt poor” family of 12 children raised in a one-room cabin in Tennessee. Her
 half-Cherokee mother played guitar and her grandfather was a Christian preacher,
 fiddler and songwriter. She was given her own guitar at 7 was on TV and radio by 10
, and sought her fortunes in Nashville by 18. Her mother wished that a coat sewn from 
rags would bring her “luck and happiness”, but little Dolly would become the most honored 
female country performer of all time. She blazed the trail for women artists like Taylor 
Swift who also got her start playing guitar and writing songs in Nashville.

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