Dolly Parton – Travelin’ Thru

I absolutely love Dolly’s ‘Travelin’ Thru’ – it sounds especially fantastic through my surround sound system (the bass is awesome!).

She does look a little plastic at times in this video though, bless her! (it’s the ‘wooo’s’ that do it I think)

All in all, my favourite Dolly song I would say (closely followed by 9 to 5, obviously!)

Dolly’s version is used in the cracking film ‘Transamerica’ (2005) which I’ve been watching for a few years now… really good film with Felicity Huffman (a.k.a. Lynette in Desperate Housewives) in the lead role. If you’ve not yet seen this film, I really do recommend it!

The song was also performed by Jason Castro on American Idol during Dolly Week in 2008.

The song “Travelin’ Thru” was written and performed by Dolly Parton. It was nominated for the Academy Award, Golden Globe, and Grammy Award.

This Gospel music inspired song is about a journey on the road to find home and identity. Parton references “The Wayfaring Stranger” and “I Am a Pilgrim”, both examples of American folk music about the search for identity on the road. Parton said she wrote the song because of her status as an outsider and her belief that “It’s all right to be who you are”. She wrote the song on her tour bus in one day.

Lyrics

Well I can’t tell you where I’m going, I’m not sure of where I’ve been
But I know I must keep travelin’ till my road comes to an end
I’m out here on my journey, trying to make the most of it
I’m a puzzle, I must figure out where all my pieces fit

Like a poor wayfaring stranger that they speak about in song
I’m just a weary pilgrim trying to find what feels like home
Where that is no one can tell me, am I doomed to ever roam
I’m just travelin’, travelin’, travelin’, I’m just travelin’ on

Questions I have many, answers but a few
But we’re here to learn, the spirit burns, to know the greater truth
We’ve all been crucified and they nailed Jesus to the tree
And when I’m born again, you’re gonna see a change in me

God made me for a reason and nothing is in vain
Redemption comes in many shapes with many kinds of pain
Oh sweet Jesus if you’re listening, keep me ever close to you
As I’m stumblin’, tumblin’, wonderin’, as I’m travelin’ thru

I’m just travelin’, travelin’, travelin’, I’m just travelin’ thru
I’m just travelin’, travelin’, travelin’, I’m just travelin’ thru

Oh sometimes the road is rugged, and it’s hard to travel on
But holdin’ to each other, we don’t have to walk alone
When everything is broken, we can mend it if we try
We can make a world of difference, if we want to we can fly

Goodbye little children, goodnight you handsome men
Farewell to all you ladies and to all who knew me when
And I hope I’ll see you down the road, you meant more than I knew
As I was travelin’, travelin’, travelin’, travelin’, travelin’ thru

I’m just travelin’, travelin’, travelin’, I’m just travelin’
Drifting like a floating boat and roaming like the wind
Oh give me some direction lord, let me lean on you
As I’m travelin’, travelin’, travelin’, thru

I’m just travelin’, travelin’, travelin’, I’m just travelin’ thru
I’m just travelin’, travelin’, travelin’, I’m just travelin’ thru

Like the poor wayfaring stranger that they speak about in song
I’m just a weary pilgrim trying to find my own way home
Oh sweet Jesus if you’re out there, keep me ever close to you
As I’m travelin’, travelin’, travelin’, as I’m travelin’ thru

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Thirty-Two year old northern lad; living out in the Peak District and rediscovering life after having had a brain tumour.

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