Loretta Lynn Posts the Last Song She Wrote for Her Husband
Loretta Lynn paid tribute to her late husband, Oliver "Doo" Lynn, and opened up about the details behind the last song she wrote for him before his death.
"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?"
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
Ahead of the album release date in 2018, Loretta said that she added an updated rendition of the title track for the album, and shared the meaningful story behind how the lyrics were inspired by her marriage.
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Congratulations to my fellow 2018 nominee, @KaceyMusgravesOfficial, on winning the Grammy for Best Country Solo Performance. It is so deserved with such an amazing voice like yours! Every nomination and Grammy received was so special to me and it makes me so happy to see more great artists recognized. I am so thankful to my fans and to the Grammys for having been nominated for this award. It’s such an honor just to be thought of and considered, especially for a song that means so much to me. I could have never dreamed of 18 Grammy nominations, 3 wins, and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Grammys. Thank y’all so much and a big congrats to all the winners! #GrammyLove #Grammys2019
The song was written before her husband's death. She admitted that for a long time she could not sing "Wouldn't It Be Great" around him, until the final moments of his death.
The song was very personal to her, it spoke of the things she longed for while dealing with her husband's alcohol abuse.
It is reported, Loretta's has always credited him for helping jump-start her career and encouraging her to become a singer. She revealed that "Doo" bought her a $17 guitar at Sears, which she used to compose her first songs.
@LorettaLynn's singing around the house led to her husband Mooney to buy her a guitar so she could play as she sang. He later helped her get engagements by bragging that his wife could sing better than anyone, other than Kitty Wells. #MemberMonday pic.twitter.com/vicFhwT8TD— Country Music HOF (@countrymusichof) April 9, 2018
The couple's marriage wasn't always easy. Loretta had admitted that "Doo" was a heavy drinker, often abusive, and had several affairs throughout their marriage.
She said, her marriage has been the inspiration behind many of the songs she has written. Country Music Family reports, it is through her honesty and feisty nature with song like "Fist City" and "Don't Come Home A-Drinkin" that people find her music so relatable.
Shortly before her husband's death, Loretta had put her career on hold for him, starting with his heart surgery in 1992.
"Doo" would eventually have both his legs amputated following complications with diabetes, before his death in 1996.