Loretta Lynn performs “The Pill” Live Perfomance 1985.

It reached number # 5 on the US Hot Country Songs charts, on the charts of Canadian RPM Country Tracks reached number # 1 for two weeks in a row. It is one of his best known songs, as well as the most controversial album of his career.

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The Pill:

Song written by Lorene Allen, Don McHan, TD Bayless and Loretta Lynn, was recorded by Loretta Lynn for the MCA label, recorded on December 12, 1972, at Bradley’s Barn, 722 Bender’s Ferry Road, Mount Juliet, TN, Loretta was accompanied in the recording by: Grady Martin (guitar), Ray Edenton (acoustic guitar), Hal Rugg (steel), Harold Bradley (bass guitar), Bob Moore (bass), Buddy Harman (drums), Jerry Smith (piano) and The Jordanaires. With the production of Owen Bradley, the song was released on January 27, 1975, on April 12, 1975, it reached number # 5 on the US Hot Country Songs charts, and on April 19, 1975, on the charts of Canadian RPM Country Tracks reached number # 1 for two weeks in a row. It is one of his best known songs, as well as the most controversial album of his career.

Lp cover Loretta Lynn ( MCA 1975 )
Lp cover Loretta Lynn ( MCA 1975 )

The song was included in Loretta’s twenty-fifth solo studio album, Back to the Country (MCA 1975), the album was released on February 3, 1975, on March 29, 1975, it reached number # 2 on the charts of US Top Country Albums.

The Pill, is a comic song about birth control. The song tells the story of a wife who is upset because her husband made her pregnant year after year. But now he is happy because he can control his own reproductive choices because he has “the pill” (which was introduced in 1960). The frank discussion of the song about birth control, something that was considered a bold topic at that time (especially in country music), led to a series of radio stations in the country that refused to reproduce it. The song received much publicity and diffusion in the stations that would emit it, but its prohibition of several radio stations caused that the record stopped in the number five in the lists of successes in a moment in which a disc of Loretta Lynn was almost Guaranteed as one of the best Three hits, often a number one record.

Loretta Lynn – The Pill Lyrics

You wined me and dined me when I was your girl
Promised if I’d be your wife
You’d show me the world
But all I’ve seen of this old world is a bed and a doctor bill
I’m tearing down your brooder house
‘Cause now I’ve got the pill

All these years I’ve stayed at home
Wwhile you had all your fun
And every year that’s gone by
Another baby’s come
There`s gonna be some changes
Made right here on Nursery Hill
You`ve set this chicken your last time
‘Cause now I’ve got the pill

This old maternity dress I’ve got
Is going in the garbage
The clothes I’m wearing from now on
Won`t take up so much yardage
Miniskirts hotpants and a few little fancy frills
Yeah, I`m making up for all those years since I’ve got the pill

I’m tired of all your crowing
How you and your hens play
While holding a couple in my arms
Another’s on the way

This chicken`s done tore up her nest
And I’m ready to make a deal
And you can`t afford to turn it down
‘Cause you know I’ve got the pill

This incubator is overused
Because you’ve kept it filled
The feeling good comes easy
Now since I’ve got the pill

It’s getting dark
It`s roosting time
Tonight’s too good to be real
Aw, but Daddy don`t you worry none
‘Cause Mama’s got the pill
Oh, Daddy don’t you worry none
‘Cause Mama’s got the pill

Single Loretta Lynn ( MCA 1975 )
Single Loretta Lynn ( MCA 1975 )

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