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Country singing legend, Dolly Parton has hopped on the time capsule band wagon, leaving an unreleased, secret song in a chestnut wood box to be opened in 2045. In Parton's new book, Songteller: My Life in Lyrics, Dolly details how she wrote and recorded a song back in 2015 that was left in a time capsule to be opened on the 30th Anniversary of her theme park, Dollywood's DreamMore Resort in Pigeon Ford, Tennessee.
Parton said it was tough keeping the song, called 'My Place in History' under wraps, leaving it sealed away to be listened to when she'll be close to 100 years old. She writes in her book, “That’s like burying one of my kids, putting it on ice or something, and I won’t be around to see it brought back to life. It’s just burning me up inside that I have to leave it in there."
Parton says her marketing team was skeptical of the time capsule idea at first. She writes, "They said, ‘You’ll be long dead [by the time it’s opened].’ I said, ‘Well, maybe not. I’ll be 99. I’ve seen people live to be older than that.’ Parton adds, "It’s kind of weird or strange that they would ask me to write this mystery song. I don’t know if I want to live to be 100 or not. But you never know. I might, and if I do, I’m going to be at that opening.” Along with the secret track, Parton's time capsule includes childhood mementos like her old tin can "microphone" and a CD player. The chart-topping country maven, who has always been young at heart, celebrated her 75th birthday this month and is still performing, writing and recording.