On This Day: Dolly Parton Releases Hit Song ‘Touch Your Woman’ in 1972

by Katie Maloney

Dolly Parton shares the key to a successful relationship in her song, “Touch Your Woman.”

Dolly Parton released “Touch Your Woman”  in 1972 as the only single from the album of the same name. The song is about holding, touching, and loving your woman through all of life’s ups and downs. During the song, Dolly sings, “And when the busy day is done you lay by my side. You know exactly what it takes to keep me satisfied. You know exactly what I need and I always go to sleep in peace. Thanking God that you belong to me. So, touch your woman.”

“Touch Your Woman” spent 14 weeks on the Billboard charts and peaked in the number six spot. However, many radio stations refused to play the song because they believed it was sexually suggestive. Since its release, Dolly has included the song on several of her compilation albums including Best of Dolly Parton, The RCA Years, and The Essential Dolly Parton.

Dolly Parton’s “Touch Your Woman”

Dolly Parton Was Band From Radios Several Times Throughout Her Career

With 110 career-charted singles over the past 40 years, there’s no doubt that Dolly Parton has found success in country music. However, that hasn’t stopped radio stations from protesting her songs. In 1975, Dolly soared to the number one spot on the charts with her healing love song, “The Bargain Store.” The song is about a woman comparing her life to a bargain store. She shares that although she has experienced heartbreak, her love is still valuable. Some parts of her life may be “used merchandise” including her broken heart. However, with the right amount of love, she knows her heart can be “good as new.”

During the song, Dolly sings, “Why you take for instance this old broken heart. If you will just replace the missing part, you would be surprised to find how good it really is. Take it and you never will be sorry that you did. The bargain store is open, come inside. You can easily afford the price. Love is all you need to purchase all the merchandise.”

The song was released as the first single and title track from her album, The Bargain Store. The song spent 13 weeks on the Hot Country Songs chart and peaked in the number one spot, making it Dolly’s fifth number-one hit song.

However, many radio stations banned the song. They said that the line, “You can easily afford the price. Love is all you need to purchase all the merchandise,” was sexually explicit. But the controversy only fueled audiences’ interest in the song proving that no one can stop Dolly Parton.

Dolly Parton’s “The Bargain Store”