The track was placed in a wooden box at Dollywood’s DreamMore resort, which opened back in 2015.
In her recent book, Songteller: My Life in Lyrics, Parton reveals that the resort’s staff have been specifically instructed to leave the box unopened for another 25 years (per NME).
“It would be a song that will never be heard until 30 years from the time we opened the resort,” she explains.
According to Parton, the time capsule was an idea floated by her marketing department.
“They said, ‘You’ll be long dead [by the time it’s opened].’ I said, ‘Well, maybe not. I’ll be 99. I’ve seen people live to be older than that.’ It’s kind of weird or strange that they would ask me to write this mystery song. I don’t know if I want to live to be 100 or not. But you never know. I might, and if I do, I’m going to be at that opening.”
She added: “It’s like burying one of my kids, putting it on ice or something, and I won’t be around to see it brought back to life.”