On Tuesday's episode of The Late Show, host Stephen Colbert welcomed a special guest, who ended up moving him to tears! It was none other than the country icon, Dolly Parton!

While Dolly sang a beautiful ballad, the host was seen getting emotional, and Parton shared a sweet anecdote about her past. 

Stephen Colbert moved to tears from Dolly Parton

74-year-old country legend Dolly Parton is no stranger to making those she performs for emotional, but it was a particularly moving moment on Tuesday's The Late Show when TV host Stephen Colbert was brought to tears.

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Parton shared that when she was a girl, her mother Avie Lee used to sing her folk songs, one of which was titled "Bury Me Beneath the Willow." After singing a portion of the song, Colbert found himself overwhelmed with emotion.

As he teared up and seemed shocked, Colbert admitted that her singing gave him "goosebumps," and continued to wipe his eyes with a tissue before Parton teased him and stopped singing.

"I better hush before you cry yourself to death and we can't finish the show," Parton joked.

Colbert laughed and quipped back, "Like a lot of Americans, I'm under a lot of stress right now, Dolly!"

"You got under my tripwire right there," he added. "That was pretty beautiful."

Parton then continued to share her past, saying, "We used to sing when momma would sing. Momma would cry, we'd cry — those old songs were just amazing."

Colbert then added, "Isn't it funny that sometimes there's nothing happier than a cry?"

"Yeah, I think it cleanses your soul," Parton agreed, adding, "Water's good to wash it out. That's what tears are for, I think."