The country legend celebrated her 77th birthday on Thursday, January 23, by releasing her new song, “Don’t Make Me Have to Come Down There.” Dolly Parton also posted a video on Instagram explaining the unusual origins of the song, in which she explains that she had the idea for the song while she was sleeping, in a dream that was so unsettling that it woke her up.
She declared in the video that was shared on the internet, “Today is my birthday… On the occasion of my birthday, I’m releasing a song that I’ve been working on. It’s a song that occurred to me in a dream, and I woke up thinking that it was something that should be shared with the world. Something extraordinary — well, it’s extraordinary for me. ” I had a dream that God was looking down on us from a mountain while saying, “Don’t make me come have to down there.” After that, it jolted me up, I got out of bed, and I began penning this song over the course of several weeks and months. I completed it piece by piece as things came to me, and I just had the feeling that I should hand it in on my birthday. So, I’m going to hope that you enjoy it.
Dolly talks in the song about a dream she had in which she saw God standing on top of a mountain and worrying about what was happening below.
She sings, “Last night I had a dream about God/He was standing on a mountain top/Looking down, about in such dismay,” and the lyrics are as follows: “Last night I had a dream about God.”
“And in my dream, I heard him say, ‘Don’t make me have to come down there.’ My children, you had better beware. If you don’t pay attention, the repercussions will be grave. Don’t make me have to come down there.’ “