I 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.