“When Life Is Good Again” by Dolly Parton
Specifically, when Miss Parton refers to ‘life being good again’, she is referring to her vision of the world in a post-pandemic environment. That is to say that she released this song while the pandemic and realities such as social distancing and self-quarantine are still in effect. And obviously, she is addressing someone whom she is close to. And what she is telling this individual, succinctly put, is that when the opportunity arises, she will make a conscientious effort to be a better friend than she was in the past. Moreover on a more-macrocosmic level, she is saying that she will be a more-pious person in general, i.e. ‘repenting of all her sins’ and the such.
So basically, the premise of “When Life Is Good Again” is the way the world has been turned upside down due to the coronavirus. But this turmoil has also given her a new outlook. She has basically come to realize that “there are no guarantees” in life, i.e. nothing is to be taken for granted. And accordingly she now values her interpersonal relationships, as well as relationship with God, that much more.
“When life is good again, I’ll be a better friend”
Facts about “When Life Is Good Again”
Dolly Parton has in fact been very active in providing various forms of relief from the effects of the coronavirus. So this song serves as part of that overall effort.
The music video to “When Life Is Good Again” is reflective of the fact that Parton herself has been self-quarantining.
At the time of Parton releasing this song, she is 74 years of age and has been active in the music industry for well over 50 years.
She worked with American musician and producer Kent Wells to compose this song. Wells later produced the song.
The song came out officially on May 27th, 2020.