March 12, 2007 — Loretta Lynn, appearing on ABC’s “This Week” yesterday, talked about tackling serious women’s issues in her songs. Loretta, who will receive an honorary Ph.D. this week from the Berklee College of Music, said all her songs have been written straight from the heart.
“When I started writing songs, I thought you should write about what life was,” Loretta said. “And a lot of people did think I was writing things I shouldn’t write. Some of my records got banned.”
One song in particular stirred up quite a bit of controversy. “When I came out with the song, ‘The Pill,’ I didn’t realize it was such a big deal,” she said. “‘Cause every woman I knew, when I worked these clubs at night, would tell me that they were on the pill. So I thought everybody was doing it. So I wasn’t worried about it.”
Loretta says the key to her success is writing songs that people relate to. “If you put out a song that isn’t life, nobody’s gonna care for it,” she said. “Because if nobody is living that life, how are you gonna sell a record if it’s just ‘ring around the rosy’? You gotta put your whole heart into a song. And that’s what I did with every song that I wrote.