Country Throwback: Loretta Lynn Belts ‘You Ain’t Woman Enough (To Take My Man)’ at Farm Aid 1985

by Keeli Parkey

Loretta Lynn gave a very energetic performance of one of her biggest hits at Farm Aid in 1985. Dressed in knee-high white boots, a fancy white top, and black pants, the country legend had the crowd on its feet as she sang “You Ain’t Woman Enough (To Take My Man).”

Even though she pauses singing because she said she was “in the wrong key,” Lynn clearly enjoys performing at the benefit concert to the nation’s farmers. She waves to the crowd and smiles and she sings the popular song about a woman fighting for her relationship with her the man she loves.

As with other Loretta Lynn songs, “You Ain’t Woman Enough” was reportedly inspired by a real person. The singer shared the inspiration for the song during 2016 on “American Masters” series with PBS. As the story goes, a young woman confided in Lynn prior to a concert performance that another woman was trying to steal her husband. Lynn reportedly told the woman, “Honey, she ain’t woman enough to take your man!”

“Women like you they’re a dime a dozen you can buy ’em anywhere / For you to get to him I’d have to move over / And I’m gonna stand right here / It’ll be over my dead body so get out while you can / ‘Cause you ain’t woman enough to take my man,” Lynn sings.

Also during the Farm Aid set, Loretta Lynn switches tunes to perform “You’re Lookin’ At Country.”

It’s more than fitting that a country girl from rural Kentucky would sing at the very first Farm Aid concert. You can watch Loretta Lynn sing “You Ain’t Woman Enough (To Take My Man)” during Farm Aid 1985 below.

Loretta Lynn Performs at First Farm Aid Concert

The first Farm Aid concert took place on Sept. 22, 1985, according to the organization’s website. It was held in Champaign, Illinois, with 80,000 people in attendance. Most importantly, it raised more than $7 million for family farmers in the United States. In addition to Loretta Lynn, other A-list performers included Tom Petty, Bob Dylan, Billy Joel, Bonnie Raitt, B.B. King, and Roy Orbison – just to name a few.

The plan to have a benefit concert for the nation’s farmers reportedly began at Live Aid. During his performance at that event, Bob Dylan suggested the idea. Soon, Willie Nelson, Neil Young, and John Mellencamp began planning the concert.

Lynn Releasing New Album March 19

Loretta Lynn fans are in for a real treat in the coming weeks. The 88-year-old is releasing a new album! And, several of country music’s biggest names will be singing on the album with her.

Titled “Still Woman Enough,” the album will also feature Reba McEntire, Carrier Underwood, Tanya Tucker, and Margo Price.

A new documentary about the Kentucky native will also soon be released. It is called “Loretta Lynn: My Story In My Words” and will be available Feb. 27. It will feature interviews with Lynn – both old and new. There will also be clips of the singer performing some of her classic songs. Unsurprisingly, on that list, is “You Ain’t Woman Enough (To Take My Man).”