In the end, we all want to go peacefully in our beds or doing something we love, as long as we don’t love flying a jumbo jet. It turns out, Dolly Parton is happy with the latter, so happy, she’s never going to retire.
Speaking to Ken Bruce, she said “‘I would never retire!… I would hopefully drop dead in the middle of a song on stage someday – and hopefully one I’ve written.”
“That’s how I hope to go,” she added. “I don’t have much of a choice in that but, in the meantime, I’m going to make hay while the sun shines.”
“I’m not touring anymore but I will continue to do special shows here and there now and then like a long weekend or festival shows,” she said. “But as far as touring I think those days are pretty much behind me… you have to stay gone so long on a tour to make it productive and prosperous and that’s a lot of time at my age – I ain’t got no years to waste!”