Song of the Day #4,271: ‘Women’s Prison’ – Loretta Lynn

This track from Loretta Lynn’s 2004 album Van Lear Rose is an excellent example of what makes that record so great.

Lynn paired with producer Jack White to deliver a collection of songs that expertly blended their styles: his hard-driving blues grunge, and the rootsy authenticity that makes her the matron saint of traditional country music.

‘Women’s Prison’ is great from the start but it really soars in its final minute, when Lynn slips into a fading chorus of ‘Amazing Grace’ before the drums and guitars kick back in with a vengeance.

I’m in a women’s prison with bars all around
I caught my darling cheating, thats when I shot him down
I caught him in a honky-tonk with a girl I used to know
The door to my cell is open wide and a voice cries out oh no

The judge says I’m guilty my sentence is to die
I know I’ve been forgiven but the price of love is high

The crowd outside is screaming “Let the murderer die”
But above all their voices
I can hear my mama cry

I’m sitting here on death row and Lord I’ve lost my mind
For love I’ve killed my darling and for love I’ll lose my life

I can hear the warden coming From the clinging of his keys
But when they come to get me, he’ll have to drag me off my knees
The door to my cell swings open, it’s time for me to go
The priest is reading my last rites, he says dying’s part of living, you know

And there’s a crowd outside screaming “Let that murderer fry”
But above all their voices
You can hear my mama cry

Now they’ve strapped me in the chair and covered up my eyes
And the last voice I hear on Earth Is my mama’s cry

One thought on “Song of the Day #4,271: ‘Women’s Prison’ – Loretta Lynn

  1. Dana Gallup says:

    Very interesting collaboration.

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