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By Drew Weisholtz, Today | Dolly Parton has a new sound that comes with a new message. The country music icon is out with a new single, “World on Fire,” from her upcoming rock ‘n’ roll album, “Rockstar.” As the lyrics reveal, the song takes direct aim at politics in today’s world.

“Don’t get me started on politics / Now how are we to live in a world like this/ Greedy politicians present and past / They wouldn’t know the truth if it bit ‘em in the a–,” she sings at one point in the song, which she performed May 11 while co-hosting the ACM Awards.

So, who exactly is the “Jolene” singer talking about?

“All of (the politicians). Any of ‘em,” she said in an interview with TODAY’s Jacob Soboroff that aired May 15. “I don’t think any of ‘em are trying hard enough. I’m sure we’re all trying, but I just really think often that they worry more about their party than they do about the people.

“If we just do what we felt was the right thing, rather than who’s going to lose, or who’s going to win this, or who’s going to look better if they do this. None of them are working from the heart.”

Indeed, Parton is not shying away from making a point.

“This is a song I felt very inspired to write. I think it speaks about everything and to everyone this day and time,” she said in a statement on her website. “I hope it is something that will touch you and maybe touch enough people to want to make a change for the better.”
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