Songbird – A Tribute to Dolly Parton

I was inspired to write “Songbird” as a tribute song to honor Dolly Parton’s life and legacy. Our dear friend, Natasha Neely recorded it with the help of Dolly’s producer and our friend, Kent Wells, at Dark Horse Recording Studio in Franklin. Thank you, Jimmy Mattingly, the best fiddle player in Nashville! Many thanks to Todd Hibbs, our videographer extraordinaire. We are so grateful for Dolly’s Imagination Library for bringing free books to millions of children across the world.

As a young girl, I would sit with my grandmother and watch Dolly on the Porter Waggoner Show from the Opryland Theme Park. Thank you Dolly for all you have done for Tennessee. May we all have hearts full of love, humility, and generosity like you. We hope you enjoy “Songbird – A Tribute to Dolly Parton.”

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Songbird Lyrics

Lyrics by Buffie Baril, Music by Peter Sallis

The mountains are calling

Raindrops are falling

This rainbow looks ten miles long

She’s the Belle of the ball

Every inch of five foot tall

She hugs the world with her songs


She’s a songbird

With a heart of gold

Voice of an angel

Greatest stories ever told

Golden feathers in a forest of green

The rarest of birds you’ve ever seen

She’s a righter of wrongs

Poet of songs

Goodwill maker

Total heartbreaker

With her charm


She’s the strum in her guitar

Our Tennessee morning star

Let the butterfly fly high.

Release the balloons in the sky

Free this songbird from her cage

Her voice lights up every stage.


Dolly’s our hit record breaker

Children’s book maker

Her legacy of love

Sent from above

A life of many colors

Sweet as a candy store

She’s an angel troubadour

Our true love forevermore🦋


Starring Natasha Neely, Lyrics – Buffie Baril, Music – Peter Sallis, Producer, Guitar, Banjo – Kent Wells, Fiddle – Jimmy Mattingly, Sound Engineer – Kevin Willis, Videographer/Video Editor – Todd Hibbs, Dark Horse Recording – Franklin, TN. Special thanks to Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library! To book Natasha for events, contact The Nashville Booking Agency at 615-881-4145.

Much love & joy,

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