Who Sang Better Get to Livin’? Dolly Parton

Dolly Parton Backwoods Barbie cover art
Release information
Release Date: 2008-2-26
Genre: Folk, World, & Country
Style: Country
length: 3:36
producer: Dolly Parton and Kent Wells
piano: Paul Hollowell
lead vocals: Dolly Parton
mixer: Justin Niebank
electric guitar: Kent Wells and Jerry McPherson
recording engineer: Kyle Dickinson and Ben Schmitt
background vocals: Becky Isaacs Bowman, Vicki Hampton, Jennifer O'Brien, Sonya Isaacs and Richard Dennison
organ: Paul Hollowell
acoustic guitar: Kent Wells and Bryan Sutton
percussion: Lonnie Wilson
mandolin: Jimmy Mattingly
fiddle: Jimmy Mattingly
steel guitar: Paul Franklin
banjo: David Talbot
assistant mixer: Drew Bollman
bass guitar: Steve Mackey
drums (drum set): Lonnie Wilson
writer: Kent Wells, Dolly Parton
People always comin' up to me and askin'
"Dolly, what's your secret?
With all you do, your attitude
Just seems to be so good
How do you keep it?"
Well I'm not the Dalai Lama, but I'll try
To offer up a few words of advice

You better get to livin', givin'
Don't forget to throw in a little forgivin'
And lovin' on the way
You better get to knowin', showin'
A little bit more concerned about where you're goin'
Just a word unto the wise
You better get to livin'

A girlfriend came to my house
Started cryin' on my shoulder Sunday evening
She was spinnin' such a sad tale
I could not believe the yarn that she was weavin'
So negative the words she had to say
I said if I had a violin I'd play

I said you'd better get to livin', givin'
Be willing and forgivin'
Cause all healing has to start with you
You better stop whining, pining
Get your dreams in line
And then just shine, design, refine
Until they come true
And you better get to livin'

Your life's a wreck, your house is mess
And your wardrobe way outdated
All your plans just keep on falling through
Overweight and under paid, under appreciated
I'm no guru, but I'll tell you
This I know is true

You better get to livin', givin'
A little more thought about bein'
A little more willin' to make a better way
Don't sweat the small stuff
Keep your chin up
Just hang tough
And if it gets too rough
Fall on your knees and pray
And do that everyday
Then you'll get to livin'

The day we're born we start to die
Don't waste one minute of this life
Get to livin'
Share your dreams and share your laughter
Make some points for the great hereafter

Better start carin'
Better start sharin'
Better start tryin'
Better start smiling
And you better get to livin'

CD 1
  • 1 Better Get to Livin’
  • 2 Made of Stone
  • 3 Drives Me Crazy
  • 4 Backwoods Barbie
  • 5 Jesus & Gravity
  • 6 Only Dreamin’
  • 7 The Tracks of My Tears
  • 8 The Lonesomes
  • 9 Cologne
  • 10 Shinola
  • 11 I Will Forever Hate Roses
  • 12 Somebody’s Everything