Dolly Parton performed a new song called “Red Shoes” at the 2019 Grammys and provided the feel-good moment of the night.
The inspiring new song from the Dumplin‘ movie soundtrack tells of how children need something as simple as a new pair of red shoes to leave them feeling confident in life. Parton’s lyrics for “Red Shoes” tell a story — perhaps her story — of traveling across the country, but always felt at home if she had her red shoes on. The generous story was delivered with a soaring vocal performance from the country legend. It was the highlight of a multi-song tribute to her at the Grammys.
Dolly Parton’s “Red Shoes” Lyrics:
I remember as a child / I was absolutely wild / About some red shoes that my Aunt Lucille wore / She would let me stomp around / In those high heels up and down / ‘Round the house / And ’round the wrap around porch.
And from that moment on / I have had a pair of my own / They make me feel at home and brand new / They’d build my confidence / As if they’d been heaven sent / I’d feel alone, I’m puttin’ on my red shoes.
I begged Mama pretty-please / From the Wishbook order me / A pair of red shoes for my feet / So Mama did / Through the years I’ve thought about / Aunt Luci’s love and think of how / Such little things in life can make or break a kid.
I believe that every child / Needs to feel a sense of pride and someone to love and guide and see them through / So many miles I’ve traveled / Many times they’ve come unraveled / On the road both smooth or graveled / But I have made it through.
Hell and half of Georgia / Or walking through New Orleans / Walked the streets of Memphis bowlin’ / Stroll around a block or two / And if God sees fit to own me / Anyone that’s ever known me / Know I’d walk the golden streets only in a pair of red shoes / And if I ever get to heaven / If I ever get to heaven / If I ever get to heaven / And Lord I hope I do /
I will walk the streets of glory / I will walk the streets of glory / I will tell my Luci a story / And walk with her there in red shoes.