Loretta Lynn: 20 Essential Songs

From her signature "Coal Miner's Daughter" to her duet with Jack White "Portland, Oregon"

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"Dear Uncle Sam" (1966)

Long before Lynn sent shockwaves through country music with "Rated 'X'" and "The Pill," she explored another controversial topic: war and the emotional havoc it wreaks. Lynn has said in interviews that she got the idea for "Dear Uncle Sam" after listening to the radio and feeling upset about the Vietnam War. "Don't misunderstand/ I know he's fighting for our land," she sang. "I really love my country/ But I also love my man." Lynn regularly performs this one in concert, acknowledging that war still weighs heavily in the hearts and minds of her fans.


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