Ricky Van Shelton and Dolly Parton | Photo Credits: Youtube

“I’ll do everything I can to make you proud to be my man

And I’ll fulfill all your fantasies…

These two lines commence this love tune of Ricky Van Shelton and Dolly Parton which was recorded in 1990 and released the following year. Although they have never been in a romantic relationship, Shelton and Parton make us believe in the true love that they express in the song. Simply, they are two halves of a union that is forever bonded by their sweet, romantic words. True enough, it’s a kind of love we tend to miss nowadays.

This true love country duet exudes innocent and pure romantic love between a man and a woman. It embodies the greatly famed vow of each couple during their wedding that goes

“…for better or for worse, ’til death do us part…”

Also, this song from these two great country artists encourages us to be strong in love. That no matter what, as lovers, we can make it through every pain, together and forever…

About the Song

Released on February 4, 1991, “Rockin’ Years” is a country song penned by Floyd Parton. It was recorded as a duet by American country music crooners Ricky Van Shelton and Dolly Parton. In addition, the song was the lead-off single to the two artists’ albums released in the same year. It starts Parton’s 30th solo studio album, Eagle When She Flies, and Shelton’s fifth studio album, Backroads. To note, Parton co-produced this song with music producers Steve Buckingham and Gary Smith for Columbia Nashville and TrisStar Records.

Moreover, “Rockin’ Years” earned both Parton and Shelton their 23rd and 8th no. 1 song, respectively. Eventually, it would be Parton’s last chart-topping single until 2006. Interestingly, the song sat atop the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks in 1991. Also, it managed to reach the same position on the RPM Country Tracks in Canada.

Rockin’ Years” is a mid-tempo, more of a country waltz song. The singers — a male and a female — narrate their vow for each other. They promise to love one another until their hair get silver and they’re old. Basically, this is conveyed in the line where both Parton and Shelton sing the chorus:

Rocking chairs, rocking babies, rock-a-bye, rock of ages
Side by side we’ll be together always

Listen and sing along with Ricky Van Shelton and Dolly Parton’s “Rockin’ Years:”

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