While the lobby in front of a statue of Dolly Parton in Nashville is in full swing, the singer shared a touching story on Monday about a sculpture that has been in her hometown of Sevierville since the late 1980s.
“ I remember being so proud to have a statue,” Dolly recalls in Apple‘s new podcast, Time to Walk. “An image of me, in court! This is usually only meant for presidents and people who have done really great things.”
Her father, however, reacted to the news rather soberly. “Papa said: for your fans you may be an idol, but for the pigeons there you are nothing more than a place to poop on”, says the 75-year-old.
Yet Robert Parton, who died in 2000, was secretly but rather proud of the statue, so Dolly later discovered. “I found out that he often drove there in his pickup with a bucket of mud to clean it. That hit me so. I loved my father, and I always wanted him to be proud. That’s what I was on him too.”