For God and Country (Dolly Parton album)

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For God and Country
Studio album by Dolly Parton
Released November 11, 2003
Recorded Nashville, 2003
Genre Country
Label Welk Music Group
Producer Dolly Parton, Kent Wells, Tony Smith
Dolly Parton chronology
Halos & Horns
For God and Country
Those Were the Days
Singles from For God and Country
  1. "Welcome Home"
    Released: October 7, 2003

For God and Country is an album by Dolly Parton, released in 2003, featuring spiritual and patriotic songs.[1] It is her 38th studio album.


For God and Country was considered by many to be Parton's musical attempt to deal with the aftermath of the September 11, 2001 attacks. Included were covers of now famous patriotic songs, ("God Bless the USA," "When Johnny Comes Marching Home") and many new Parton originals. The album includes her third version of "Light of a Clear Blue Morning".

The album received mixed reviews but did manage to make it to # 23 on the U.S. country albums chart. It is perhaps best remembered for its cover photo, depicting Parton posing as though appearing in a vintage USO poster.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Dolly Parton except as noted.

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "The Lord is My Shepherd" Traditional 2:09
2. "The Star-Spangled Banner" Francis Scott Key 3:03
3. "God Bless the USA" Lee Greenwood 3:34
4. "Light of a Clear Blue Morning"   4:50
5. "When Johnny Comes Marching Home" Louis Lambert 4:20
6. "Welcome Home"   4:20
7. "Gee Ma, I Wanna Go Home"   5:20
8. "Whispering Hope" Jim Reeves (arr. Dolly Parton) 2:31
9. "There Will Be Peace in the Valley for Me" Thomas A. Dorsey 4:10
10. "Red, White & Bluegrass"   4:25
11. "My Country 'Tis" arr. Dolly Parton 2:50
12. "I'm Gonna Miss You"   4:59
13. "Go to Hell"   6:49
14. "Ballad of the Green Beret" Robert Moore, Barry Sadler 5:13
15. "Brave Little Soldier"   4:26
16. "Tie a Yellow Ribbon" Irwin Levine; Larry Russell Brown 3:22
17. "Color Me America"   3:55
18. "The Glory Forever"   1:58


  • Monty Allen – background vocals
  • Charlie Anderson – bass guitar
  • Gary "Biscuit" Davis – banjo
  • Michael Davis – Hammond organ, piano, programming, synthesizer
  • Richard Dennison – background vocals
  • The Fairfield Four – background vocals on "There Will Be Peace in the Valley for Me"
  • Robert Hale – acoustic guitar, background vocals
  • Vicki Hampton – background vocals
  • Paul Hollowell – Hammond organ, piano
  • Randy Kohrs – dobro
  • Jimmy Mattingly – fiddle, mandolin
  • Louis Dean Nunley – background vocals
  • Jennifer O'Brien – background vocals
  • Dolly Parton – lead vocals, background vocals
  • David Slater – background vocals
  • Tony Smith – programming, synthesizer
  • Billy Thomas – drums, percussion
  • Bruce Watkins – acoustic guitar
  • Darrell Webb – mandolin, background vocals
  • Kent Wells – acoustic guitar, electric guitar, background vocals
  • Lynn Wright – background vocals


Chart (2003) Peak
U.S. Billboard 200 167
U.S. Billboard Top Country Albums 23


  1. ^ "For God & Country at Dolly Parton On-Line". 2003-11-11. Retrieved 2012-06-30.