That Country the legend who wrote the working people’s anthem for the 1980 film of the same name lets The Kelly Clarkson Show host shine on lead vocals, the latter of which sings, “Well, I tumble out of bed and stumble to the kitchen/ Pour me a cup of ambition/ Yawn and stretch and try to come alive/ Jump in the shower and the blood starts pumping / Out on the street the traffic starts to jump/ With people like me working from 9 to 5.”
Produced by Shane McAnally, the song was originally used in the documentary Still Working 9 to 5, which premiered back in March at South by Southwest, at which time Parton appeared on Clarkson’s show to tease their duet. “I love how you took it and just made it your own and I got a chance to sing the background for a change!” she said then. “But I’m really proud of that rendition of it, and I think, hopefully, it’ll do well for us. It’s great in the documentary.”
Meanwhile, Clarkson also covered the song as her very first “Kellyoke” pick back in September 2019, complete with a full-scale music video and in-studio introduction by Steve Carrell for the premiere of her eponymous daytime show.
Stream Parton and Clarkson’s new version of “9 to 5” below.