The Bargain Store (song)

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"The Bargain Store"
Single by Dolly Parton
from the album The Bargain Store
B-side "I'll Never Forget"
Released January 25, 1975
Format 7"
Genre Country
Length 2:42
Label RCA Records
Songwriter(s) Dolly Parton
Producer(s) Bob Ferguson
Dolly Parton singles chronology
"Love Is Like a Butterfly"
"The Bargain Store"
"The Seeker"
"Love Is Like a Butterfly"
"The Bargain Store"
"The Seeker"

"The Bargain Store" is a song written and recorded by American country music artist Dolly Parton. It was released in January 1975 as the first single and title track from the album The Bargain Store. "The Bargain Store" was Dolly Parton's fifth number one on the country chart as a solo artist. The song stayed at number one for a single week and spent nine weeks on the country chart.[1]

Worn, second-hand merchandise in a discount store is used as a metaphor for a woman emotionally damaged by an ill-fated relationship. However, the song was dropped from a number of country stations' playlists when programmers mistook the line "you can easily afford the price" as a thinly veiled reference to prostitution. Despite the decreased airplay, the song nonetheless became a major hit in the late winter of 1975.

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1975) Peak
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[2] 1
US Adult Contemporary (Billboard)[3] 35
Canadian RPM Country Tracks 3


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book Of Top 40 Country Hits: 1944-2006, Second edition. Record Research. p. 261. 
  2. ^ "Dolly Parton – Chart history" Billboard Hot Country Songs for Dolly Parton.
  3. ^ "Dolly Parton – Chart history" Billboard Adult Contemporary for Dolly Parton.

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Preceded by
"Before the Next Teardrop Falls"
by Freddy Fender
Billboard Hot Country Singles
number-one single

March 29, 1975
Succeeded by
"I Just Can't Get Her Out of My Mind"
by Johnny Rodriguez