Loretta Lynn – Don’t Come Home A-Drinkin’

"Don't Come Home A-Drinkin'" didn't reach the top spot until February 11, 1967, overtaking Jack Greene's No. 1 hit from late 1966, "There Goes My Everything". The song was the first of 16 No. 1 Country hits Lynn would have over the course of her career.

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Cover LP Loretta Lynn Decca 1967
Cover LP Loretta Lynn Decca 1967

“Don’t Come Home A-Drinkin’ (With Lovin’ on Your Mind)” is a country music song, made famous by singer Loretta Lynn in early 1967. The song was Loretta Lynn’s first number-one country hit. It is one of her best known songs and is included in all of her live shows. It was only the seventh solo female vocalist record to hit that position up to that time (the others being by Goldie Hill, Connie Smith, and two each by Kitty Wells and Patsy Cline) as well as the first written by the woman herself (the song being co-written by Loretta and her sister Peggy Sue. The background vocalists on the recording are the Jordanaires.

Released in late 1966, “Don’t Come Home A-Drinkin'” didn’t reach the top spot until February 11, 1967, overtaking Jack Greene’s No. 1 hit from late 1966, “There Goes My Everything”. The song was the first of 16 No. 1 Country hits Lynn would have over the course of her career. The song set the standard for Lynn’s biggest success to come in the early 1970s. Thanks in part to the success of this hit, Lynn became the first female Country entertainer to win the CMA Awards’ “Female Vocalist of the Year” award in late 1967.

From the album Don’t Come Home A-Drinkin’ (With Lovin’ on Your Mind)

Side B Loretta Lynn 1966
Side B Loretta Lynn 1966

B-side “Saint to a Sinner”
Released November 1966
Recorded 5 October 1966
Bradley’s Barn, Mt. Juliet, Tennessee, U.S.
Genre Country
Length 2:09
Label Decca 32900
Songwriter(s) Loretta Lynn, Peggy Sue Wright
Producer(s) Owen Bradley

Don’t Come Home A-Drinkin’ (With Lovin’ on Your Mind) Lyrics

Well you thought I’d be waitin’ up when you came home last night
You’d been out with all the boys and you ended up half tight
But liquor and love that just don’t mix leave a bottle or me behind
And don’t come home a drinkin’ with lovin’ on your mind
No don’t come home a drinkin’ with lovin’ on your mind
Just stay out there on the town and see what you can find
Cause if you want that kind of love well you don’t need none of mine
So don’t come home a drinkin’ with lovin’ on your mind
[ steel – guitar ]
You never take me anywhere because you’re always gone
Many a night I’ve laid awake and cried dear all alone
And you come in a kissin’ on me it happens every time
No don’t come home a drinkin’ with lovin’ on your mind
No don’t come home a drinkin’…
No don’t come home a drinkin’ with lovin’ on your mind

Single Loretta Lynn Decca 1966
Single Loretta Lynn Decca 1966
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