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Loretta Lynn Posts the Last Song She Wrote for Her Husband

Tichafa Chidzonga
Jan 04, 2020
04:30 P.M.

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.


A year after suffering a stroke in May 2017, country legend Loretta Lynn was back at work and promoting her album, studio album, "Wouldn’t It Be Great." In a tweet, she revealed:

"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?"

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.


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.

Singer Loretta Lynn holds up a microphone as she performs onstage at Stubbs, on March 17, 2016, in Austin, Texas | Source; Scott Dudelson/Getty Images

Singer Loretta Lynn holds up a microphone as she performs onstage at Stubbs, on March 17, 2016, in Austin, Texas | Source; Scott Dudelson/Getty Images

38-year marriage to Oliver "Doo" Lynn began when she was just 15-yeasr-old and he was 21-years-old. The couple had six children together.

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.


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.

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