In this day and age, modern country music can sometimes seem little more than polished pop with a hint of steel guitar. And with all the glitter of modern country, it's all the more evident why old-fashioned country music is so deeply missed by critics and fans alike. Country music, much like gangsta rap, gained its large following with extremely deep and personal revelations in its songwriting. Artists didn't change their lyrics to fit a more mainstream, suburban crowd -- they wrote about the triumphs and pain of a forgotten agricultural, old-fashioned America with subtle, direct, and hard-hitting anecdotes. One of the leading showcases of country's true emotional power is none other than Dolly Parton's "Coat of Many Colors," one of her most well-known and loved songs. Parton wrote the ballad while reminiscing about a childhood in poverty, where her mother had made her a coat out of colored rags. Though Parton writes that her school chums laughed at her unfortunate status, it's obvious that she, even when looking back, doesn't understand why. After all, she sings, "I was rich as I could be in my coat of many colors," later stating that "one is only poor if they choose to be." What makes the song so powerful is that it's easy to believe she still feels this way -- even as she enters adulthood and bitter reality, Parton is still able to appreciate the joy of life found in the blissful remembrance of childhood, when life revolved around love, not material possessions. Rarely has a country song been able to combine the core ideas of poverty, family, and faith in such a beautiful way, making "Coat of Many Colors" not only a memorable country staple, but a fine testament to Parton's incredibly influential talents as a songwriter.