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Just Because I'm a Woman
Studio album by Dolly Parton
Released April 1968
Recorded December 11 - 20, 1967 RCA Studio "B", Nashville
Genre Country
Length 30:28
Label RCA
Producer Bob Ferguson
Professional reviews
Dolly Parton chronology
Hello, I’m Dolly
Just Because I'm a Woman
In The Good Old Days (When Times Were Bad)
Singles from Just Because I'm a Woman
  1. "Just Because I'm a Woman"
    Released: June 29, 1968

Just Because I'm a Woman was released in April 1968, and is Dolly Parton's first solo album for RCA.


Album information

The title song, in which a woman admonishes her boyfriend for passing judgment on her previous sexual encounters, even though he is guilty of the same behavior (expressing similar sentiments as Kitty Wells's landmark hit "It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels"), was regarded as something of a daring statement to make at the time. It was written by Parton in response to her husband's questioning (and subsequent reaction) if she'd ever been with a man before him.

Also included was "The Bridge," distinctive because of its subject matter and rather abrupt ending. The song details the story of a woman who falls in love with a man and becomes pregnant with his child. His abandonment leads the woman back to the bridge where she apparently commits suicide. The last verse states, "My feet are moving slowly, Closer to the edge, Here is where it started, And here is where I'll end it..." before simply ending, midway through the verse.

The album contained seven Parton originals and five covers.

Just Because I'm a Woman was reissued on CD in 2004 with bonus cuts and new liner notes. Included were two songs recorded for the A Real Live Dolly album, including her first ever live performance of Coat of Many Colors.

Track listing

  1. "You're Gonna be Sorry" (Dolly Parton)
  2. "I Wish I Felt This Way at Home" (Harlan Howard)
  3. "False Eyelashes" (Bob Tubert, Demetris Tapp)
  4. "I'll Oilwells Love You too" (Bill Owens, Parton)
  5. "The Only Way Out (is To Walk Over Me)" (Neal Merritt)
  6. "A Little Bit Slow to Catch On" (Curly Putman, Jr.)
  7. "The Bridge" (Parton)
  8. "Love and Learn" (Owens)
  9. "I'm Running Out of Love" (Owens)
  10. "Just Because I'm a Woman" (Parton)
  11. "Baby Sister" (Shirl Milete)
  12. "Try Being Lonely" (Charles Trent, George McCormick)
    Additional tracks appearing on reissue
  13. "Just Because I'm a Woman" (Live) (Parton)
  14. "Coat of Many Colors" (Live) (Parton)


  • Dolly Parton – vocals, guitar
  • Wayne Moss – guitar
  • Chip Young – guitar
  • George McCormick – guitar
  • Lloyd Green – pedal steel guitar, dobro
  • Roy Huskey – bass
  • Jerry Carrigan – drums
  • Buck Trent – banjo
  • Mack Magaha – fiddle
  • Hargus "Pig" Robbins – piano
  • David Briggs – piano
  • Background vocals – Anita Carter, Dolores Edgin

Chart position

Chart (1968) Peak
U.S. Top Country Albums 22

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