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Growing up in eastern Kentucky like I did,
by Loretta Lynn

Growing up in eastern Kentucky like I did,
I'm used to having a few guns around to protect me.
- Loretta Lynn

Daddy was real gentle with kids.
That's why I expected so much out of marriage,
figuring that all men should be steady and pleasant.
- Loretta Lynn

My biggest hero, Gregory Peck, was my birthday present on April 14,
1973.
I just sat and stared at him.
- Loretta Lynn

Mommy smoked but she didn't want us to.
She saw smoke coming out of the barn one time,
so we got whipped.
- Loretta Lynn

 

I never rode in an automobile until I was 12.
- Loretta Lynn

Sometimes I think our problems are made worse by the
kind of business we're in.
Playing these road shows is a weird experience.
- Loretta Lynn

I want more out of life than I've gotten.
- Loretta Lynn

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I'm not a big fan of Women's Liberation,
but maybe it will help women stand up for the respect they're due.
- Loretta Lynn

I believe in education and wish I had a better one.
- Loretta Lynn

Who wants to be married to a grandfather?
- Loretta Lynn

When something is bothering me, I write a song that tells my feelings.
- Loretta Lynn

I love people and I love to sing, and that's what keeps me going.
- Loretta Lynn

I believe in horoscopes.
I was born under the sign of the Ram,
which means I'm headstrong, don't like people telling me what to do.
- Loretta Lynn

I was married when I wasn't quite 14 and had four babies by the time I was 18.
- Loretta Lynn

I loved being outside.
We'd hold lightning bugs in our fingers and pretend they were diamond rings.
- Loretta Lynn

I refuse to be pushed around anymore.
- Loretta Lynn

When I first came to Nashville, people hardly gave
country music any respect.
We lived in old cars and dirty hotels,
and we ate when we could.
- Loretta Lynn

I won all the blue ribbons for canning at the state fair.
- Loretta Lynn

Me and my partner, Conway Twitty, cleaned up at the
1972 Country Music Association Awards.
- Loretta Lynn

The night I announced I was getting married,
Daddy paced for hours on the porch.
- Loretta Lynn

I didn't know how babies were made until I was pregnant with my fourth child.
- Loretta Lynn

I don't go to church regular.
But I pray for answers to my problems.
- Loretta Lynn

I've seen country music go uptown, like we say,
and I'm proud I was there when it happened.
- Loretta Lynn

Being on stage is the best part of my career.
I just say whatever comes into my head.
It's the only time I feel grown-up and in control of things.
- Loretta Lynn

I never knew any Jews until I got into show business.
I've found them to be real smart and good workers.
- Loretta Lynn

I've seen every highway in the United States,
and they all look alike to me.
- Loretta Lynn

We still lend our old house out to relatives.
They keep a guest book for my fans to sign.
- Loretta Lynn

I was the first woman ever named Entertainer of the Year in country music.
- Loretta Lynn

I know what it's like to be pregnant and nervous and poor.
- Loretta Lynn

I avoid going through places where there's too much poverty.
- Loretta Lynn

I'd love to work more with the American Indians,
my people.
- Loretta Lynn

I've always been full of nervous energy,
but I'm not really as happy as I seem.
- Loretta Lynn

Doolittle looked just like a little toy soldier the
first time I ever saw him.
- Loretta Lynn

A woman's two cents worth is worth two cents in the music business.
- Loretta Lynn

In the long run, you make your own luck -
good,
bad, or indifferent.
- Loretta Lynn

Once in a while I get inspired and finish my act with the hillbilly hoedown.
- Loretta Lynn

I'm always making Butcher Holler sound like the most
backward part of the United States-and I think maybe it is.
- Loretta Lynn

You can't be halfway in this business.
If you don't meet the fans, you lose all you've got.
- Loretta Lynn

The country is making a big mistake not teaching kids
to cook and raise a garden and build fires.
- Loretta Lynn

I'm trying to lead a good Christian life,
so there ain't too much spicy to tell about me.
- Loretta Lynn

Back then, we didn't know we were poor,
and people were more proud then.
- Loretta Lynn

I'm proud of being part Cherokee, and I think it's
time all us Indians felt the same way.
- Loretta Lynn

I think Charley Pride has been one of the best things
to happen to country music,
to prove it belongs to everybody.
- Loretta Lynn

We used to go around tipping outhouses over,
or turning over corn shocks on Halloween.
Anything to be mean.
- Loretta Lynn

How do you measure your value?
- Loretta Lynn

There's always been a man telling me what to do.
- Loretta Lynn

My life has run from misery to happiness.
- Loretta Lynn

Really, I don't know what I'd do with myself if I retire.
Wash dishes?
- Loretta Lynn

I've been around a long time, and life still has a
whole lot of surprises for me.
- Loretta Lynn

I know there's some kind of history to mountain music-like
it came from Ireland or England or Scotland and we kept up the tradition.
- Loretta Lynn

My attitude toward men who mess around is simple:
If you find 'em,
kill 'em.
- Loretta Lynn

I'd love to travel to the Holy Land.
- Loretta Lynn

I've been married to the same man for all this time.
The way we fight sometimes, you can tell.
- Loretta Lynn

Nobody's perfect.
The only one that ever was, was crucified.
- Loretta Lynn

When all those city folks try to fix up my talking,
all they do is mess me up.
- Loretta Lynn

A lot of people say I'd miss show business if I quit.
I'd miss some of it.
Now it's the only life I know.
- Loretta Lynn

I wasn't for Vietnam.
When I told that to the hippie newspaper,
all my people got nervous.
- Loretta Lynn

I wouldn't have dared ask God for all that He's given me.
I couldn't have done it on my own.
I thank God every day for what I have.
- Loretta Lynn

Do the best you can with yourself and hope for the best.
- Loretta Lynn

I ain't got much education, but I got some sense.
- Loretta Lynn

You ain't supposed to get salmon when they're swimming upstream to spawn.
But if you're hungry, you do.
- Loretta Lynn

Some of my friends who know me best say they wouldn't
trade places with me for $1 million because of the pace I lead.
- Loretta Lynn

I don't like to talk about things where you're going
to gt one side or the other unhappy.
My music has no politics.
- Loretta Lynn

There's more women stars in Nashville all the time.
They're proving they can do the job the same as a man.
- Loretta Lynn

I get along with all the women singers,
but especially Dolly Parton.
We talk the same hillbilly language.
- Loretta Lynn

Doo never actually made moonshine, but he hauled about an ocean of it.
- Loretta Lynn

I try to visit people in hospitals when I can,
smiling and joking while I'm there.
But when I leave, I just start crying.
- Loretta Lynn

You get used to sadness, growing up in the mountains,
I guess.
- Loretta Lynn

When I'd tell people I like country music they'd get
this look on their faces.
People were kind of ashamed of country.
- Loretta Lynn

Because Olivia Newton-John wasn't from Nashville,
they didn't like her winning our awards.
I've got no complaints.
- Loretta Lynn


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