Story Behind the Song: ‘Coal Miner’s Daughter’ by Loretta Lynn
Loretta was not only proud of what her dad did for a living, she took the story all the way to the whole world.
Who would have thought that digging way down in that dark, dirty ground would make one of the most legendary stories ever told in the history of music.
Loretta was a coal miner's daughter and wanted to write a song about it for many years. One night while waiting to do some work on a television show at WSIX in Nashville, she headed for the dressing room and began to write off the top of her head.
With in a few hours she fashioned "Coal Miner's Daughter" with nine verses. But, only six made it to vinyl.
The three verses dropped were about the interior decorating of the log cabin, the frequent Kentucky floods and "hog killing day".
No changes were made to the first line, "I was borned a coal miner's daughter," despite it's grammatical problems. Producer Owen Bradley said, "Borned, sounds like Loretta. If you corrected her and made her say everything perfect, she'd sound like a whole lot of other people."
The song would be without question, the most significant one of Loretta's career. It became her nickname, the title of a book, a movie, the name on her bus and what she used as a CB handle.
The song was unlike anything Loretta had done up to that point. Everything else was sassy, back talking type songs. But this song was the real life story of her childhood and about a poor hard working family man. Fans reacted very quickly.
The song went to number one in December of 1970. Much success would immediately follow including earning country music's top award of entertainer of the year a few years later.