In the Good Old Days (When Times Were Bad)

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In the Good Old Days (When Times Were Bad)
In the Good Old Days (When Times Were Bad) (Dolly Parton album - cover art).jpg
Studio album by Dolly Parton
Released February 10, 1969
Recorded September 9-10, October 9, 1968
Studio RCA Studio "B", Nashville
Genre Country
Label RCA Victor
Producer Bob Ferguson
Dolly Parton chronology
Just Because I'm a Woman
(1968)Just Because I'm a Woman1968
In the Good Old Days (When Times Were Bad)
My Blue Ridge Mountain Boy
(1969)My Blue Ridge Mountain Boy1969
Singles from In the Good Old Days (When Times Were Bad)
  1. "In the Good Old Days (When Times Were Bad)" / "Try Being Lonely"
    Released: October 1968
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic3.5/5 stars[1]

In the Good Old Days (When Times Were Bad) is the third solo studio album by Dolly Parton. It was released in February 1969 by RCA Victor.

Album information[edit]

In the title song, Parton looks back on her impoverished upbringing, concluding that while she values the lessons it taught her, she would not want to go back. The humorous "He's a Go Getter" plays on an unexpected pun ("When his wife gets off from work, he'll go get 'er"), and she covers the Jeannie C. Riley hit "Harper Valley PTA", Tammy Wynette's "D-I-V-O-R-C-E" and her mentor Porter Wagoner's hit "The Carroll County Accident".

Parton would rerecord a slower tempo version of the title song for inclusion on her 1973 album My Tennessee Mountain Home.

The song "Don't Let it Trouble Your Mind" was covered by Rhiannon Giddens in 2015, appearing on her Tomorrow Is My Turn album.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Dolly Parton, except where noted.

Side one
No.TitleWriter(s)Recording dateLength
1."Don't Let It Trouble Your Mind" October 9, 19682:12
2."He's a Go-Getter" October 9, 19682:03
3."In the Good Old Days (When Times Were Bad)" September 9, 19682:45
4."It's My Time"John D. LoudermilkSeptember 10, 19682:37
5."Harper Valley PTA"Tom T. HallSeptember 9, 19683:10
6."Little Bird" September 10, 19681:44
Side two
No.TitleWriter(s)Recording dateLength
7."Mine" October 9, 19682:03
8."The Carroll County Accident"Bob FergusonOctober 9, 19682:56
9."Fresh Out of Forgiveness"Bill Owens, Gene GillOctober 9, 19682:01
10."Mama, Say a Prayer" October 9, 19682:45
11."Always the First Time"Joyce McCordSeptember 9, 19682:01
12."D-I-V-O-R-C-E"Bobby Braddock, Curly PutmanSeptember 10, 19682:43


Chart (1969) Peak
U.S. Top Country Albums 15


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