Loretta Lynn – Coal Miner’s Daughter

Roy Skjellaug

Låtskrivare: Loretta Lynn (1969); Artister: Loretta Lynn (1970) ¹);
Album: ’Coal Miners Daughter (1970)

Låten Coal Miner’s Daughter skrevs av Loretta Lynn och handlar om hennes uppväxt i en liten stuga i Butcher Holler, KY. Lorettas pappa Melvin (Ted) Webb försörjde sin familj på en gruvarbetarlön. De levde ibland på vad som var billigast – kärlek – för Lorettas pappa såg alltid till att det fanns värme, humor och kärlek i den lilla stugan.

Sissy Spacek spelade huvudrollen i filmen om Loretta som hette ’Coal Miner’s Daughter’(1980).

Well, I was born a coal miner’s daughter
In a cabin on a hill in Butcher Holler
We were poor, but we had love
That’s the one thing that Daddy made sure of
He shoveled coal to make a poor man’s dollar.

My Daddy worked all night in the Vanleer coal mines
All day long in the field a-hoin’ corn
Mommy rocked the babies at night
And read the Bible by the coal-oil light
And ever’thing would start all over come break of morn’.

Daddy loved and raised eight kids on a miner’s pay
Mommy scrubbed our clothes on a washboard ever’ day
Why, I’ve seen her fingers bleed
To complain there was no need
She’d smile in Mommy’s understanding way.

In the summertime we didn’t have shoes to wear
But in the wintertime we’d all get a brand new pair
From a mail order catalog
Money made from sellin’ a hog
Daddy always managed to get the money somewhere.

Yeah, I’m proud to be a coal miner’s daughter
I remember well – the well where I drew water
The work we done was hard
At night we’d sleep ’cause we worked hard
I never thought of ever leaving Butcher Holler

Well, a lot of things have changed since way back then
And it’s so good to be back home again
Not much left but the floor
Nothing lives here anymore
Except the mem’ries of a coal miner’s daughter

¹) Det finns väldigt få covers av låten. Den är så personlig så ingen har vågat (??). Förutom Sissy Spaceks soundtrack så har jag bara koll på att Dolly Partons lillasyster Stella gjort en cover. Syskonen Parton hade ju en liknande uppväxt.

OBS: De som åker med i Countryturen USA kommer att besöka Loretta Lynns farm i Hurricane Mills. Där finns ett museum,en kopia av ”Butcher Holler” och souvenirbutiker.