November 8

Loretta Lynn Reveals the Story Behind “You Ain’t Woman Enough”

Popularly known as the “Coal Miner’s Daughter,” Loretta Lynn sits as one of the true queens of Country Music along with the likes of Dolly Parton, Tammy Wynette, and Reba McEntire. Indeed, many of you might know all her songs, but still, there are a few things you may not know about her.

One of her greatest hits throughout her career is the classic “You Ain’t Woman Enough (To Take My Man).” In case you didn’t know, Loretta finished writing the song in just 10 minutes. To her fan’s interest, many have wondered what made her write the tune.

A Fan’s Story

Loretta Lynn took us back to the time when she penned the song. She relayed that she was inspired by one of her fan’s stories. In one of her shows, a young fan sneaked into her dressing room to talk to the country star. In response, Loretta was surprised and assumed that one of her bodyguards allowed her to enter the room. However, with a heart of a real star, she still listened to this fan’s plea. The upset visitor then poured her heart out to the singer. She told her that there was a girl who was trying to steal her husband away.

In an interview with PBS, Loretta shared what her fan had said.

“She confided to me that her husband had not brought her to the concert. Instead, he had brought ‘the other woman’.”

Furthermore, the fan told her:

“He’s got a girlfriend and he brought her. She’s sitting out in that second row with my husband. And we kind of pulled the curtain back and looked at him.”

With this statement of this girl, Loretta praised her beauty and said:

“I looked around at that lady that came backstage, and I said, ‘Honey, she ain’t woman enough to take your man’.”

The Song Written in Just 10 Minutes

After the heart-to-heart conversation of the fan with the country singer, Loretta proceeded to the dressing room. There, she conceived the song in 10 minutes and called it “You Ain’t Woman Enough (To Take My Man).” Interestingly, it was finished before the show.

The song became a hit in 1966. As a matter of fact, “You Ain’t Woman Enough (To Take My Man)” clinched the second spot on the country charts in that same year. Also, it was the title track to Loretta’s first No. 1  album on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart. At the same time, it became her first album to ever chart on the Billboard 200.

This account shared by Loretta Lynn goes to show that she’s not just a decorated singer, but also an incredible songwriter. Undoubtedly, her songs will always be in her fans’ hearts for a long, long time.

Relive Loretta Lyn and her amazing performance of “You Ain’t Woman Enough (To Take My Man):”



Dolly Parton, Loretta Lynn, Reba McEntire, Tammy Wynette, You Ain't Woman Enough (To Take My Man)

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