‘Fist City’ by Loretta Lynn: Captivating Story Behind Legend’s Second No. 1 Hit

by Atlanta Northcutt
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Loretta Lynn is not one to be walked over. She used her powerful voice, ink and paper, guitar strings, and recording tape to express her beliefs.

“Fist City” was like a punch in the face, literally. In 1968, “Fist City” was released and soared to the top of the charts, where it remained.

You Don’t Mess With Loretta Lynn

All of a sudden, she is the voice of housewives unhappy in their marriage, with cheating husbands, suffering from emotional or physical abuse, or wanting to join the workforce.

At that time, the men were in charge and held the position of head of the household. Women needed permission from the man.

“Fist City” gave encouragement and a sense of power to these women.

Loretta was tough as nails and ready to become equal to men in the music industry and within society.

The inspiration behind “Fist City” is based on an affair her husband had with another woman. The song was actually banned from being played on the radio.

“I’m here to tell you gal to lay off of my man/ If you don’t wanna go to fist city”

“Fist City”- Loretta Lynn

Once released, the strong woman’s anthem “Fist City” handed Loretta her second No. 1 hit in 1968, following its recording in 1967.

Creating Change Through Music

The title of the album was the same as the single, and found much success, as well. This second No.1 single came after her first 1967 single “Don’t Come Home A’ Drinkin’ (With Lovin’ on Your Mind)” A powerful song that gained people’s attention.

Loretta’s husband was an abusive alcoholic. They would have physical altercations, and with her music, she basically smeared his name with her talents. He told her she would never make it. Oh, how wrong he was.

The Legend of Loretta Lynn

Throughout her career, Lynn gained 16 No. 1 hits during her career.

“You Ain’t Woman Enough” and “Coal Miner’s Daughter” are some of Lynn’s popular songs.

Lynn’s talents have hints of feminism tracing throughout the songs, focusing on the detrimental injustices and biases women suffer.

Lynn became infamous for using her talents to speak out against topics she disagreed with, demanding change. She continued using her talents for the betterment of female rights for the rest of her life.

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