From Chicken Soup for the Country Soul

I Will Always Love You

Your talent is God’s gift to you. How you use it is your gift to God.

Country Saying

Some time ago I was in an airport in Somewhere, U.S.A., when a lovely, well-dressed lady came up to me and said, “I hope I’m not intruding on your privacy, but I could not let this moment go by, as I feel that it was God’s will that I see you today. I want to thank you, on behalf of my family, for writing, ‘I Will Always Love You.’

“When my father, a very proud and quiet man, was dying of cancer a few months ago, he found it very difficult to tell his family how he felt and what he was thinking. So, he asked our mother to bring his tape of ‘I Will Always Love You’ to the hospital. Each time we kids would come over, he would play it.

If I should stay

I would only be in your way.

So I’ll go,

But I know

I’ll think of you each step of the way.

And I will always love you,

I will always love you.

“The words seemed to be perfect for what he wanted to say, not only to us kids but to Mother as well.”

Bitter-sweet memories,

That is all I am taking with me.

Good-bye. Pleased on’t you cry,

’Cause we both know I’m not what you


But I will always love you.

“We also played the tape, your version, at the funeral.”

I hope life treats you kind,

And I hope you have all you dream of.

I wish you joy and happiness;

But above all this, I wish you love.

“So God bless you, Dolly Parton.”

And I will always love you, I will always

love you.

Yes, I will always love you, I will always

love you.

Everyone standing around, including myself, was crying like children at such a sweet and sad story. I hugged her and thanked her also for touching my life.

When I got to the plane, I bowed my head and thanked God for giving me the talent to touch people with my gift.

Dolly Parton

I Will Always Love You. Reprinted by permission of Dolly Parton. ©1998 Dolly Parton.

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