Hot on the spiked heels of Pure & Simple, her first Number One country album in 25 years, Dolly Parton dresses up her latest lyric video for the flirty “Head Over High Heels,” in various shades of red, with a definite emphasis on hot pink. The tune, which includes a lyrical wink to singer Adele’s distinctive eye makeup, finds Parton preparing for a date in which, according to the lyrics, she plans to both woo and undo her man.
She leaves whatever the latter means strictly to the imagination, but in real life, Parton used Pure & Simple as a way to help celebrate her and husband Carl Dean’s 50th wedding anniversary this past May. Parton tells Rolling Stone Country she crafted the LP of romantic tune by contemplating “all the different colors of love through the years.”
For the renewal of the couple’s wedding vows, she kept things far less stress-free than the preparations depicted in the new video.
“I got all dressed up in the most beautiful gown you’ve ever seen and dressed that husband of mine up,” she recalls. “He looked like a handsome dude out of Hollywood. We had a few family and friends around. We didn’t plan anything big at all because we didn’t want any kind of strain, any kind of tension, any kind of commotion, so we planned it cleverly and carefully. We just had a simple little ceremony at our chapel at our place. We just had just a few people who needed to be there to make sure they got the pictures and the few things that we needed. We just had fun with it.”
Parton’s Pure & Simple Tour is in Canada this weekend, followed by several West Coast dates in the U.S. The trek is slated to run until early December.