Here's the Last Song Loretta Lynn Wrote for Her Husband While He Was on His Deathbed
Loretta Lynn’s last song for her husband which she never sang in his presence until his dying moments tells the story of the struggles she put up with and had to endure during their marriage of 48 years.
Many marriages in the show business do not stand the test of time, but Loretta Lynn’s marriage to Oliver “Doo” Lynn endured for over four decades, until his death in 1996.
Lynn is a successful country music artist, but the singer's true devotion was to her husband who inspired some of her greatest hits. The deceased patriarch of the Lynn family had many flaws; he was an alcoholic and a womanizer, and their marriage only lasted because they loved each other.
The singer focused on the love between them and channeled her disappointments into songs. The mother-of-six wrote down the things she could not say out loud and made them into music.
They, in turn, became her greatest hits. The songs “First City” and “Don’t Come Home A-Drunk” were inspired by her experiences, as well as one of her greatest hits “Wouldn’t It Be Great.”
The song was written in 1985 and over the years, the songwriter has re-written it. The latest rewrite took place in 2017 and got added to her album of the same name.
“Wouldn’t It Be Great” is the last song Lynn wrote for the father of her children. She made this known in a Twitter post in September 2018 and also revealed that she never sang it in his presence, until he laid dying before her.
This was the last song I ever wrote for Doo. I sang it to him when he was dying. “Wouldn’t it be fine if you could say you love me, just one time, with a sober mind? Wouldn’t that be fine? Now, wouldn’t that be fine?” Listen here https://t.co/u840hOsXqE #WIBG pic.twitter.com/lur2eCJkmp— Loretta Lynn (@LorettaLynn) September 12, 2018
The song focuses on the deceased father-of-six's alcoholic addiction, and the singer asked “Wouldn’t it be great if you came home sober?” and “Wouldn’t it be fine if you told me you loved me one more time with a sober mind?”
The 87-year-old loves the song even though she could not sing it to the man that inspired it, and her daughter, Patsy Lynn Russell, said it shows how great the singer is in writing down her feelings.
Lynn married as a teenager to her then 21-year-old husband, after dating for a month. They had six children; she gave birth to four before turning 20, and at 34, the iconic singer became a grandmother.
The country singer got her first guitar from her husband, and years after writing her first song with it, she got named the “Artist of the Decade” by the Academy of Country Music — the only woman till date to hold the title.
Lynn also authored “A Coal Miner’s Daughter” — an autobiography that tells the story of her childhood and marriage. In 2017, the Kentucky native had a stroke which she recovered from and currently lives at her ranch — Hurricane Mills in Tennessee.