On This Day: Loretta Lynn Hits No. 1 For First Time with ‘Don’t Come Home a Drinkin’’

by Keeli Parkey

Without a doubt, Loretta Lynn is a country music legend. Fifty-four years ago today (Feb. 11) the singer achieved a career milestone. On that day in 1967, her song “Don’t Come Home a Drinkin’ (With Lovin’ On Your Mind)” became the first No. 1 hit of her career.

The song was the title track of Lynn’s seventh album, according to TheBoot.com. Lynn wrote the song alongside her sister, Peggy Sue. And, when it was released more than 50 years ago, the song ruffled the feathers of some people.

“Don’t Come Home a Drinkin’ (With Lovin’ On Your Mind)” tells the story of a woman whose man often comes home drunk. She’s fed up with it and who can blame her.

“You never take me anywhere because you’re always gone / Many a night I’ve laid awake and cried dear all alone / Then you come in a kissin’ on me it happens every time / So don’t come home a drinkin’ with lovin’ on your mind,” Lynn sings.

Loretta Lynn Wrote ‘Don’t Come Home a Drinkin’ (With Lovin’ On Your Mind)’ with Her Sister

Loretta Lynn talked about the song in her book “Honky Tonk Girl: My Life In Lyrics.”

In the book, she wrote about collaborating with Peggy Sue on the song. “I looked at what she had on paper, and I kind of knew what she was trying to say. It’s like when there’s twins, the old saying is, ‘What one can’t think of, the other one can.” I’ve always had this feeling with Peggy that I am kind of inside her head. Maybe it’s because she means so much to me. We can look at each other and know what the other is thinking. Sometimes it’s not good to be like that, but when the song was finished, we both thought it was great.”

In addition, an article on UDiscoverMusic.com describes the song as: “a courageous feminist anthem in a male-dominated genre.” The song also “continued Lynn’s bold habit of saying the unsayable, in a skilfully palatable way that still hooked country radio,” according to the article.

The article also states that the song was the first track to reach No. 1 that was written by the female artist who wrote it. And, while some individuals were angered by the song, the then 31-year-old Loretta Lynn didn’t back down.

In addition to getting her first No. 1 hit in 1967, Lynn won the Female Vocalist of the Year award at the CMA Awards.

You can watch Loretta Lynn perform “Don’t Come Home a Drinkin’ (With Lovin’ On Your Mind)” below.

Want to see more from country legend Loretta Lynn? You can check out her performance at Farm Aid in 1985, a performance of “You’re Lookin’ at Country,” or a duet with Willie Nelson.