Dolly Parton's PMS Blues

by Dr. Daniel J. Heller December 19, 2011

Celebrities don't usually discuss PMS or PMDD, though it's inevitable that some must have it. Interesting, we do tend to hear about their marital problems, their addictions, and sometimes their depression or other mental health problems. Carrie Fisher, aka Princess Leia of Star Wars fame, and Owen Wilson are two notable exceptions.

But any woman who has dealt with PMS and PMDD owes a debt of gratitude to Dolly Parton for recording, performing, and popularizing the song "PMS Blues." Better known for her big platinum hair, her Southern style, and her buxom figure, Dolly Parton also appears to either be personally acquainted with PMS depression and PMS suffering, or to have a great deal of sympathy for women who do have PMS symptoms such as PMS depression, PMS Blues, and perhaps even PMDD.

We offer our appreciation here for Dolly Parton's PMS Blues by reprinting the lyrics. In addition to the PMS Depression and PMDD links above, you can also check out our PMDD Causes and PMS Depression Treatment articles. That last link includes a YouTube video of Dolly Parton performing PMS Blues.

Eve you wicked woman, you done put your curse on me  
Why didn't you just leave that apple hangin' in the tree  
You make us hate our husbands, our lovers and our boss  
Why I can't even count the good friends I've already lost  
Cause of PMS blues, PMS blues  
I don't even like myself, but it's something I can't help  
I got those God almighty, slap somebody PMS blues  
Most times I'm easy going, some say I'm good as gold  
But when I'm PMS I tell ya, I turn mean and cold  

Those not afflicted with it are affected just the same  
You poor old men didn't have to grin and say "I feel your pain"  
PMS blues, PMS blues  
You know you must forgive us for we care not what we do  
I got those can't stop crying, dishes flying PMS blues   
But you know we can't help it  
We don't even know the cause  
But as soon as this part's over, then comes the menopause  
Oh, Lord, Oh, Lord  
We're going to always be a heap of fun  
Like the devil taking over my body, suffering, suffering, suffering  
Everybody's suffering, huh?   
But a woman had to write this song, a man would be scared to  
Lest he be called a chauvinist or just fall victim to  
Those PMS blues  
You know we'd kill for less than that  PMS blues  
You don't want to cross my path  
Cause a pitbull ain't no match  
For these teeth a clenchin', fluid retention  
Head a swellin', can't stop yellin'  Got no patience, I'm so hateful  
PMS blues, premenstrual syndrome  
Got those moods a swingin', tears a slingin'  
Nothin' fits me when it hits me 
Rantin', ravin', misbehavin'  PMS blues   
It's the only time in my life I ever think about wishing I'd been a man  
But you know that only means one thing  
If I'd have been a man, I'd be somewhere right this very minute  
With some old cranky, naggin', raggin' hateful woman  
With those old PMS blues  PMS blues  
I don't want to talk about it, we both could do without it  
Got those treat your kids bad, don't you talk back  
Gone ballistic, unrealistic  
Awful lowdown, bitch to be around  PMS blues 



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