Loretta Lynn (1932–2022) Tribute List

November 25, 2022
Loretta Lynn, widely viewed as the Queen of Country Music, was a singer/songwriter for six decades, beginning in the 1960s. With multiple gold albums and numerous No. 1 singles, Lynn set herself apart with a trailblazing spirit, signature musicality, and authentic country style. As of 2022, she was inducted into more music Halls of Fame than any female recording artist. Part Cherokee, raised in Butcher Hollow, KY, she wrote straightforward lyrics that captured her life and feelings. Her most famous single, "Coal Miner's Daughter," became a 1980 film of the same name. This vocabulary list includes words from her lyrics, famous quotes, as well as statements from her obituary and memorial.
But in the wintertime we'd all get a brand new pair
From a mail order catalog
Money made from selling a hog
– Coal Miner's Daughter
This old maternity dress I've got
Is goin' in the garbage
The clothes I'm wearin' from now on
Won't take up so much yardage
– The Pill
Now I've made my mind up late second's long enough
You think I don't mean it so you're gonna call my bluff
But I'll be busy packing while you're holding her near
Happy Birthday, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year
– Happy Birthday
And there within the mighty crowd, the ones who mocked him cried
"King, save thyself if thy art King" and then the third man died
– The Third Man
Dear Uncle Sam I just got your telegram
And I can't believe that this is me shakin' like I am
For it said I'm sorry to inform you
– Dear Uncle Sam
For the logical place, babe, for us to begin
Is finding the heart to start over
– The Heart to Start Over
I'm yearning to be with you sweetheart...
We call a truce and then we kiss and makeup
– Beautiful Friendship
His sweet caress
His tenderness
His warm embrace
His gentle face
I love him so
I'll let him know
That he's my love
– My Love
Oh it's plain they're only jealous and their hearts are filled with malice
Their intention is to only bring us pain
– Let the World Keep on a Turnin'
Let me be a little braver when temptation bids me waver
Let me strive a little harder to be all that I should be
Let me be a little meeker with the brother that is weaker
Let me think more of my neighbors and a little less of me
– Less of Me
Can she see the anguish in my look of desperation
Can she feel my love for her pulling against her world
I love her so this stranger my little girl
– This Stranger (My Little Girl)
Let's get back down to earth and live with the common people
Then we won't be miserable when we get old and feeble
– Let's Get Back Down to Earth
"In the long run, you make your own luck—good, bad, or indifferent."
– Loretta Lynn, American Songwriter
"I’m not a big fan of Women’s Liberation, but maybe it will help women stand up for the respect they’re due."
– Loretta Lynn, American Songwriter
"'From her firecracker spirit and signature musicality to her unmistakable country style and unparalleled authenticity, we look forward to honoring her in the best way we know how: sharing stories and songs with her family, friends and the legions of fans she loved dearly,' shared CMT Producers."
Loretta Lynn's Memorial
"Over the course of her 60-year career, the famous native of Butcher Hollow, Ky. amassed a staggering 51 Top 10 hits, garnered every accolade available in music from GRAMMY awards to induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame, and broke down barriers for women everywhere with songs like 'Don’t Come Home a Drinkin’ (With Lovin’ on Your Mind),' 'Fist City' and 'Coal Miner’s Daughter.'"
Loretta Lynn's Obituary
"As millions who read her 1976 autobiography or saw its Oscar winning 1980 film treatment are aware, Loretta is a Coal Miner’s Daughter who was raised in dire poverty in a remote Appalachian Kentucky hamlet. Living in a mountain cabin with seven brothers and sisters, she was surrounded by music as a child."
Life and Times of Loretta Lynn
"Loretta says her songs were so forthright because she didn’t know any better."
Life and Times and Times of Loretta Lynn

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