Loretta Lynn: 20 Essential Songs

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

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"I Wanna Be Free" (1971)

Written in the back of her tour bus, Lynn looks out the window and sees "the breeze is blowin' the leaves from the trees / Everything is free / Everything but me." So what does she do? "I'm gonna take this chain from around my finger / And throw it just as far as I can sling / Cause I wanna be free."  That's how you end a marriage, or at least fantasize about it. In addition to scoring Lynn another Number One hit, "I Wanna Be Free" was also the title track of her 1971 album.


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