"Don't Come Home A' Drinkin' (With Lovin' on Your Mind)"
is a Country music song, made famous by Country music singer, Loretta Lynn
in early 1967. The song became Lynn's first No. 1 hit and one of her best-known songs.
About the song
One of Loretta Lynn's best-known compositions, "Don't Come Home A' Drinkin" is about an angry wife who is fed up with her husband coming home late every night very drunk and wanting to love her. The song was based on Lynn's personal life; her husband is known to have been a heavy drinker. The song was the first of many controversial songs sung by Lynn, notably 1972's "Rated X" and 1975's "The Pill
". The song was considered very controversial for the time, but was ultimately quite popular. An album of the same name was released following the song's success, which also rose to the top of the charts.
Released in late 1966, "Don't Come Home A' Drinkin'" didn't reach the top spot until February 11, 1967, overtaking Jack Greene's No. 1 hit from late 1966, "There Goes My Everything". The song was the first of 16 No. 1 Country hits Lynn would have over the course of her career. The song set the standard for Lynn's biggest success to come in the early 1970s. Thanks in part to the success of this hit, Lynn became the first female Country entertainer to win the CMA Awards' "Female Vocalist of the Year" award in late 1967.
In 2003, "Don't Come Home A' Drinkin'" placed at No. 47 on CMT's 100 Greatest Songs in Country Music.
- One year later, following Lynn's success with the song, Lynn's brother, Jay Lee Webb recorded an answer song to "Don't Come Home A' Drinkin'" titled, "I Come Home A'Drinkin' (To a Worn Out Wife Like You)". Her brother's version of the song charted the Country charts that year.
- Tammy Wynette recorded a version for her late 60s album, You're Good Girl's Gonna Go Bad.
- Recently, a karaoke version of the song was released.
- (Wolff, Kurt) "Country Music: The Rough Guide" (Penguin Books; New York, New York) pages 310-312