"Old Flames Can't Hold a Candle to You" is a song originally performed by country singer Joe Sun. It was written by Kesha's mother and Hugh Moffatt (Lagan's father) and covered by Dolly Parton for her 1980 album, Dolly Dolly Dolly, which gave the song mainstream success.
Kesha covered the song as the first track on her second extended play, Deconstructed. On the Kesha and the Creepies: Fuck the World Tour, the song was frequently performed live. Kesha covered the song yet again as the twelfth track on her third album, Rainbow, in a duet with Parton. The title is stylized as "Old Flames Can't Hold a Candle to You - Deconstructed Mix" on Deconstructed and as "Old Flames (Can't Hold A Candle To You)" on Rainbow.
|“|| 'Old Flames (Can't Hold a Candle To You)' is a song my mom wrote for Dolly Parton. It was released in 1980, and it has also been recorded by Johnny Cash, June Carter, Dolly Parton and Merle Haggard. It's a classic country music standard. I've played it at tons of my shows, and I've recorded it before — on my Deconstructed EP. I just love the song — it's in our family, and it has always been a dream to record it with Dolly Parton. It's always been one of those ridiculous thing to say out loud so you don't say it. I felt silly ever saying that out loud, because, I mean — it's Dolly Parton.
I have always looked up to Dolly. I always wanted to get a tattoo: "What would Dolly do?" Because I always think about that whenever I'm in a situation or when I'm in an interview. She's just been such a positive compass for me in my career as a woman. The fact that I actually got to sing "Old Flames" with her on this album is a really, really, really big deal for me — I dream really big but I wasn't sure if this one would ever actually happen. Still, every time I listen to it, it gives me full-body chills and it makes me tear up because she's a f****** legend; she's an icon. I'm just so grateful and humbled. This album is special for so many reasons but this just like tops the whole thing off.