From Christmas albums to COVID vaccines, Dolly Parton was everywhere in 2020, and it looks like 2021 isn’t going to be any different! She and former Bee Gee Barry Gibb just released a duet.
“Words” is a cover of a Bee Gees song, originally released in 1968 and written by Gibb and his two bandmates/brothers, Robin and Maurice. The single is part of a larger project; Gibb will be releasing his album Greenfields: The Gibb Brothers Songbook, Vol. 1 on January 8th. Gibb’s last album was released in 2016.
Greenfields is inspired by Gibb’s love of bluegrass and country music. He recorded the album in Nashville, with feature vocals from Jason Isbell, Olivia Newton-John, Sheryl Crow, Miranda Lambert, Keith Urban and Brandi Carlile.
Parton takes the first verse of “Words”, Gibb the second, with both of them harmonizing together on the chorus. The song’s simple production puts the spotlight on the beautiful lyrics: “It’s only words, and words are all I have to take your heart away.”
The song has been covered by many big name artists, from Elvis Presley, to Roy Orbison.
The album’s producer Dave Cobb told Rolling Stone that “Words” was the first song they recorded for the album. He also talked about feeling starstruck by the two legacy acts: “I remember walking to where I was going to play guitar and my legs started trembling. I just registered the weight of these two. They’re bigger than legends, they’re icons, and they’re right there.”
The two stars were excited to work together. Parton tweeted “I was honored when my dear friend @GibbBarry asked me to join him for a special version of “Words” on his new album! Listen to our version of the @BeeGees classic now,” while Gibb wrote, “Happy New Year everyone! So excited to share #words with you all. @DollyParton and I had so much fun singing this song together from my new album #greenfields.”
Check out “Words” here!
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