James Holmes

Sing-Off: 'Don't Come Home A' Drinkin' (With Lovin' on Your Mind)'

Filed By James Holmes | February 16, 2013 4:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Entertainment
Tags: Crystal Gayle, Gretchen Wilson, Jeannie C. Riley, Loretta Lynn, Sing-off, Tammy Wynette

Loretta_Lynn-You_Ain't_Woman_Enough.jpgI grew up with Loretta Lynn thanks to my grandma, but from a young age I knew her songs through the voice of Sissy Spacek. Though "Don't Come Home A' Drinkin' (With Lovin' on Your Mind)" was not in the film Coal Miner's Daughter, I heard most of the women in my family break into the chorus on a regular basis.

It was not until adulthood that I had the opportunity to sing the words with meaning. I won't go into everything - but my partner has heard this sang in my horrible singing voice on more than one occasion and not for entertainment purposes. Though I can't carry a tune - my country accent provides a certain authenticity.

So I dedicate this to you, David.

No one can beat Loretta's original - by far my favorite. Tammy Wynette is my favorite of the covers. As for Crystal Gayle - one of Loretta's sisters - her cover, while a tribute, feels a bit strange, but is a nice rendition. Gretchen Wilson - I still have not forgiven her for "Redneck Woman."

As always, check out the clips after the break and let me know who you think did it best. Did I leave someone out? Post a link in the comments.

Editors Note: This post originally stated that Crystal Gayle was the daughter of Loretta Lynn. She is actually Lynn's sister.

Loretta Lynn (1966)


Loretta Lynn & Jeannie C. Riley


Tammy Wynette (1967)


Crystal Gayle


Gretchen Wilson (2010)


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