WATCH: Professor Honors Dolly Parton's Vaccine Donation With 'Jolene' Cover
By Jason Hall
November 19, 2020
Northeastern University associate English professor Ryan Cordell accepted the challenge of tweaking the lyrics to 'Jolene' in a renamed version called 'Vaccine,' which has already gotten tens of thousands of views as of Thursday morning.
Author Gretchen McCulloch shared a thread of tweets with revised lyrics, which included the chorus, "Vaccine, vaccine, vaccine, vacciiiiiiiiiiiiiine I'm begging you, please go in my arm."
Cordell responded with a video of himself singing the revised version of the song with the following caption: "I couldn't resist trying it immediately, though I had to sing a bit more quietly than I typically would—for this tune in particular—because my family's all asleep right now. But you can see it scans, good enough for country at least!"
I couldn't resist trying it immediately, though I had to sing a bit more quietly than I typically would—for this tune in particular—because my family's all asleep right now. But you can see it scans, good enough for country at least! pic.twitter.com/joQL29e7Uk— Ryan Cordell (@ryancordell) November 17, 2020
“I love that song. I love Dolly Parton. And I don’t know — I was inspired,” Cordell told the Boston Globe on Tuesday. “So I went and grabbed my guitar.”
Parton donated $1 million to Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville helped researchers develop Moderna's experimental coronavirus vaccine, which reported a 94.5% effective rate on Monday.
Cordell told the Globe he grew up listening to Parton's music thanks to his parents and grandparents and said seeing the 74-year-old perform at the 2019 Newport Folk Festival was one of his "favorite musical memories."
“So I was just thrilled to see this news that she had contributed to COVID vaccine research — I thought that was amazing,” Cordell said.
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