Picks and Pans Review: Dolly Parton

updated 12/05/2005 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 12/05/2005 AT 01:00 AM EST


Parton, 59, covers gems from the '60s and '70s on Those Were the Days, with a little help from friends like Norah Jones and Keith Urban. Here she talks about why she will always love these songs.

"ME AND BOBBY McGEE" I was there when Kris Kristofferson wrote the song with Fred Foster. I don't think that anyone ever will touch Janis Joplin's version of it. But I tried to have some of her flavor without blowing my throat out.

"WHERE DO THE CHILDREN PLAY" Cat Stevens has always been one of my favorite writers and singers. I wore out my 8-tracks of Tea for the Tillerman and Teaser and the Firecat. I knew every song. They were similar to the types of stuff that I wrote and played myself.

"CRIMSON AND CLOVER" It doesn't matter that nobody knows what it means. I just love the sound of it. I sung it years ago in my sets and had always wanted to record a more country version.

"IMAGINE" It's saying imagine one love. I love people, and I wish they could all get along. But I'm not protesting anything.

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