A spring-is-coming song, “Only All The Time,” answers Dolly Parton’s “Do I Ever Cross Your Mind?” with an energetic guitar part to shake out the winter blahs and a sing-a-long melody that almost inspires the flowers to emerge.
Inspired by Dolly Parton and co-written with Gardner’s Red Molly bandmate, Molly Venter, the song highlights strong female musicians and songwriters. “Only All the Time” taps into an old tradition of one song answering another song. Gardner says, “Red Molly covered that song, and it occurred to me that since it was written as a question, we had the opportunity to answer it. We’d like to say, yes, Dolly, we think of you, ‘Only All the Time.’” It’s not until the song’s end that Gardner mentions Dolly’s full title, “Do I Ever Cross Your Mind,” whereas, throughout the rest of the song, it’s more subtly phrased, “Asking if you cross my mind.” Read more