August 7

Watch: Let’s be Reminded, Loretta Lynn’s a Fighter in ‘The Pill’ Performance

If you are a 1970’s kid, it would easily flash in your memory that Loretta Lynn and her song ‘The Pill’ could be considered as a classic but controversial country song. It’s a song that openly discussed a wife’s freedom to use birth control, a subject that was heavily debated upon back in the days.

Here’s a young Loretta Lynn doing a live performance of the said song in 1985:


‘Pill’ Lyrics

You wined me and denied me when I was you girl
Told me if I’d be your wife you’d show me the world
But all I’ve seen of this old world is a bed and a doctor bill
I’m tearin’ down your brooder house because now I’ve got the pill
All these years I’ve stayed at home while you had all your fun
And every years that’s gone by another baby’s come
There’s gonna be some changes made right here on nursery hill
You’ve set this chicken your last time cause now I’ve got the pill
This old maternity dress I’ve got is going in the garbage
The clothes I’m wearing from now on won’t take up so much yardage
Miniskirts hot pants and a few little fancy frills
Yeah I’m making up for all those years since I’ve got the pill

I’m tired of all your crowing how you and your hens play
While holding a couple in my arms another’s on the way
This chicken’s done for up her nest and ready to make a deal
And you can’t afford to turn it down cause you know I’ve got the pill
This incubator is overused because you’ve kept it filled
The feeling good time’s easy now since I’ve got the pill
It’s gettin’ dark it’s roostin’ time and that’s too good to be real
Oh daddy don’t you worry now cause momma’s got the pill
Oh daddy don’t you worry now cause momma’s got the pill

The Pill, Loretta Lynn

Loretta Lynn Performing 'The Pill'

Nothing beats a song that showcases a singer’s vocal prowess while being funny and socially relevant at the same time and that is something that Loretta Lynn had proven after releasing the song ‘The Pill.’ It chronicles the story of a wife who gets uncontrollably pregnant every year but is not at bliss after discovering the benefits of contraceptives to control unwanted pregnancy.

Supposedly a chart topper, ‘The Pill’ only peaked at number three due to the fact that some radio stations refused to play the song due to its sensitive content way back then. However, Loretta Lynn garnered more international exposure and praise after ‘The Pill’ painted her as a fighter who would bluntly discuss that she has a choice as a woman.


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