On This Day: Loretta Lynn Releases 3rd #1 Single ‘Woman of the World’ in 1969

by Katie Maloney

Fifty-two years ago today, country music legend Loretta Lynn releases her third number one hit song.

Picture being completely content with your relationship and life when all of a sudden someone new moves to town and changes everything. Your partner is now in love with this new person and your whole life is turned upside down. Well, that’s exactly what Loretta sings about in her song, “Woman of the World.”

“Woman of the World” is about a country girl singing about a city woman who comes to her small town. She soon realizes that her partner is smitten by the charms of this new woman. During the song, Lynn sings, “You came from the city streets to my little country town. Your spell is on my baby and you’ve got me sorrow bound. You don’t really love him you’re playin’ around for fun. Woman of the world, leave my world alone.”

The song spent 14 weeks on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart and became Lynn’s third number one hit single.

Loretta Lynn’s “Woman of the World”

Loretta Lynn Worked For Ranch Hands Before Hitting It Big

Life before Loretta became a country superstar wasn’t easy. She was married with four children and worked every day to pay rent. Loretta shared the details of life before fame during an interview.

“Me and my husband both worked. I took care of a farmhouse, cleaned and cooked for 36 ranch hands before I started singing,” said Lynn. “So singing was easy. I thought, ‘Gee whiz, this is an easy job.'”

After recording one of her first hit songs, “I’m a Honky Tonk Girl,” Lynn signed with Decca Records. Shortly after, Lynn performed at the Grand Ole Opry. However, Lynn says that performing at the Opry was just like performing at home. At least, that’s what she told herself so that she could get on stage confidently.

“I just sang up there with my guitar, just like I was doing it at home,” said Loretta. “I never thought about it being the Grand Ole Opry, because if I had, I never would’ve done it. You just pretty well gotta figure, well, this is something I could do every day.”

Lynn also said that her late husband pushed her to perform more and become more confident with her talents.

“He kind of kept things going, like me recording. He’d always tell me how good I was, and that always helped a lot. He would say, ‘You know, we need to get a new record out,’ or whatever,” said Lynn.

She even thanked her husband for helping her become the Loretta Lynn she is is today.

“He always kept me moving. And if it hadn’t been for him, I wouldn’t have been singing, period. Because he thought I could sing and he put me to work,” said Lynn.