Better Get to Livin!

Did any of you know that Dolly Parton was coming out with a new CD?  I found out yesterday and was shocked.  What is it about old performers that make them keep coming out of retirement? I know many people aren’t “Dolly-fans”, maybe because of her quite obvious–ahem–surgery. (Sometimes I see her and honestly wonder how she can even get a shirt on each day. 🙂  )  However, she is a very happy, positive person.  (A little “fakey”, yes, but she tries.)  I love her character in the movie, Steel Magnolias. It was perfect for her!  

The new single of her CD is one I recommend.  I added it to my playlist last night.  It’s a tad annoying at the beginning, because she’s bragging about how people always compliment her on her attitude, but the song as a whole is just her giving advice on staying positive.  Her basic message: just LIVE your life!

Better Get To Livin’

People always comin’ up to me and askin’
“Dolly, what’s your secret?
With all you do, your attitude
Just seems to be so good
How do you keep it?”
Well I’m not the Dalai Lama, but I’ll try
To offer up a few words of advice

Chorus:

You better get to livin’, givin’
Don’t forget to throw in a little forgivin’
And lovin’ on the way
You better get to knowin’, showin’
A little bit more concerned about where you’re goin’
Just a word unto the wise
You better get to livin’

A girlfriend came to my house
Started cryin’ on my shoulder Sunday evening
She was spinnin’ such a sad tale
I could not believe the yarn that she was weavin’
So negative the words she had to say
I said if I had a violin I’d play

I said you’d better get to livin’, givin’
Be willing and forgivin’
Cause all healing has to start with you
You better stop whining, pining
Get your dreams in line
And then just shine, design, refine
Until they come true
And you better get to livin’

Your life’s a wreck, your house is mess
And your wardrobe way outdated
All your plans just keep on falling through
Overweight and under paid, under appreciated
I’m no guru, but I’ll tell you
This I know is true

You better get to livin’, givin’
A little more thought about bein’
A little more willin’ to make a better way
Don’t sweat the small stuff
Keep your chin up
Just hang tough
And if it gets too rough
Fall on your knees and pray
And do that everyday
Then you’ll get to livin’

The day we’re born we start to die
Don’t waste one minute of this life
Get to livin’
Share your dreams and share your laughter
Make some points for the great hereafter

Better start carin’
Better start sharin’
Better start tryin’
Better start smiling
And you better get to livin’

 Well, I gotta run.  Off to school!

~Emie

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