Dolly gets real about her singing career's humble origins.

By Perri Ormont Blumberg
February 08, 2018
Dolly Parton 2017 SAG Awards
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Ever the positive Pigeon Forger, Dolly Parton has been fantasizing about striking it big since she was a young girl. Yesterday, the Queen of Country took to instagram to give fans a confession of how those childhood dreams first looked. To accompany a striking black-and-white photo of the star in her earlier years, the singer-songwriter wrote, "When I was a little girl I used a tobacco stick and a tin can and pretended it was a microphone and I sang on my front porch, imagining I was on the Grand Ole Opry!"

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Whether we once pranced around our homes with a hair brush subbing in for a mic, sat happily beside an easel with fingerpaint and our latest masterpiece, or scribbled down prose in crayon-streaked notebooks, in one way or another, we can all identify with the star's sentiment.

With comments ranging from "people with imaginations are the best creators" to "it ain't no tobacco stick any more! You go, girl!", it's been a joy to watch Dolly's dreams unfold from the 1950s to present-day.

Indeed, the Smoky Mountain Songbird has certainly come a long way from her tin can days, making her Opry debut around the age of 10, scooping up a long list of awards, and of course, making us smile countless times, for countless reasons.