Dolly Parton Announces Music Video for ‘Pretty Paper’ With Willie Nelson

by Emily Morgan

Two of country music’s biggest legends, Dolly Parton and Willie Nelson, are joining forces to give fans an early holiday treat: a music video set to their Christmas duet “Pretty Paper.” 

On Sunday, Parton took to Instagram to announce the release date along with an animated clip of Parton and Nelson singing together. The country queen wrote, “Sometimes a wonderful friendship can turn into some especially wonderful music!”

According to Parton’s Instagram post, the holiday music video will drop via Facebook on Tuesday at 9 a.m. CST. 

The holiday tune is about a man who sold pencils and paper on the street during the Christmas season. Nelson was inspired to write the song when he saw a man with amputated legs in Fort Worth, Texas, selling paper and pencils. The man yelled, “Pretty paper! Pretty paper!” to get people’s attention as they passed by. 

Dolly Parton & Willie Nelson Give Fans Christmas Present with Duet

Out of all the memorable duets forged in country music history, longtime friends Dolly Parton and Willie Nelson’s rendition of “Pretty Paper” is one for the ages. Penned by Nelson in the early 60s, “Pretty Paper” is off of Nelson’s first Christmas album and twenty-fourth studio album.  

Parton fell in love with “Pretty Paper” the first time she heard it. Parton quickly realized she wanted to include it on her own Christmas album. When she began working on A Holly Dolly Christmas, recording a rendition of “Pretty Paper” was at the top of her list. Soon, she asked Nelson to join her on a new version of the timeless holiday track.

When discussing the opportunity to work with her lifelong friend, Dolly said, “I’ve always loved Willie’s songs. I really, really just love anything he writes.”

In addition, Parton and Nelson teamed for other songs, including “Everything’s Beautiful (In Its Own Way),” “Happy, Happy Birthday Baby,” and “From Here to the Moon and Back.”