- How ‘When Possession Gets Too Strong’ Pertains to Porter Wagner
- Porter Wagner tries to cut Dolly Parton off her support system
- Dolly Parton tries to defend her ex-partner
Dolly Parton and Porter Wagner had a power struggle during the seven years they worked together porter wagner show. Parton was the new girl with big ideas in town, and Wagner was used to getting her own way. In his 2020 book, Dolly Parton, songwriter: My Life in Lyrics, the “Jolene” singer describes how her song, “When Possessopum Gets Too Strong,” ended by describing her relationship with Wagner.
‘When the Possession Gets Too Strong’
“When the Position Gets Too Strong” was released in 1970 over “When the Position Gets Too Strong”.the fairest of them all“The album. This song was written by Country Queen and her uncle, Louis Owens.
The song is about a woman who warns a man with whom she does not control her: “So if you think you can’t live without the chains of placine on me, that’s when the possession is too strong. If I go, I will move on.”
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Although the song is about a woman and her lover, the “Light of a Clear Blue Morning” singer says it speaks to her professional relationship with Wagner.
“When Position Gets Too Strong” was written a long time ago, but it describes the relationship I eventually had with Porter,” she wrote. “Porter was a very controlling person, but it served him well. That’s how he became a star. When it’s your show, you have to feel like you’re in control of it. I totally understand Gone that with Porter. He had to be the boss of everything. And that was one of the reasons we fought so much. Because I have to be my own boss. I can’t be made the boss.”
Dolly Parton says Porter Wagner was ‘too aggressive’ and controlling
Parton describes the toxic environment of the experience working with Wagner.
“Porter was very aggressive in his nature, and he tried to intimidate me,” she wrote. “I think a lot of times, she did. But I had a father and six brothers and several uncles. I was used to men. I didn’t fold like some women, so I just fought back.”
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Not only did Wagner try to “intimidate” the “9 to 5” singer, but he also tried to isolate her from his support team.
“Porter didn’t want anyone else to have anything to do with me,” she wrote. “Porter insisted that I leave the memorial record. He tried to get me off the bill. [Owens, her uncle and collaborator] And take me away from my uncle Louis. He thought those people were not good for me. In fact, they were no good for him.”
As time passed, things escalated.
“Our fights got more intense: He wasn’t going to push me around, just because I’m a girl,” she wrote. “I’m not the kind of person to be pushed around. It’s not my nature.”
Dolly Parton’s positive take on her relationship with Porter Wagner
But in true Parton fashion, she attempted to see things from Wagner’s perspective.
“Porter is not here to defend himself,” she wrote. “So I have to defend her in my own way. I’m sure she had good intentions, even if some of them were volunteers. But aren’t we all to blame sometimes?”
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He also found a silver lining in his infamous relationship with his old partner.
“I look back on all of that now, and I realize that it helped build my character. It helped me build my strength,” she wrote. “So the bad times were good too. There were good times and bad times too. But this is how memories are made and that is why I am sitting here today.
“So, yeah, I had to move along,” she continued. “And, yes, the capture became much stronger.”