Dolly Parton appeared on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert on Tuesday and her impromptu rendition of “Bury Me Beneath The Willow” brought Colbert to tears.
“Are you crying?” she asked in the midst of the song, before delivering another verse, then stopping to let Colbert compose himself. “I’d better hush before you cry yourself to death and can’t finish your show.”
“Like a lot of Americans, I’m under a lot of stress right now, Dolly,” Colbert said through both the laughs and the tears. “You got under my tripwire right there, I’ll tell you right there, that was pretty beautiful.”
“Isn’t it funny that sometimes there’s nothing happier than crying?”
“It cleanses your soul,” Parton said. “I think water is good to wash it out, that’s what tears are for.”
You can see the moment five and a half minutes into the interview below.
During the pandemic, Parton released a new album of Christmas tunes called “A Holly Dolly Christmas,” featuring both standards as well as tracks penned by Parton. The Christmas movie “Dolly Parton’s Christmas on the Square,” will debut on Netflix next month. The streaming video service is also currently featuring the documentary, “Dolly Parton: Here I Am.”