At 84 years young, Loretta Lynn visited the Grand Ole Opry this spring to perform her classic “You’re Lookin’ at Country” with as much gusto as she did back in 1971. “You don’t see no city when you’re looking at me,” she sings, clad in a red sequined dress, “Cause country is all I am.”
Lynn, who was inducted into the Opry in 1962, wrote the song based on an offhand comment she made to her husband after returning home to her Hurricane Mills, Tennessee ranch after being on tour. “It was so beautiful, and I said to Doo, ‘You’re looking at country, real country,’” Lynn wrote in her 2012 memoir, Honky Tonk Girl: My Life in Lyrics. “I knew it was a good song title, but I also knew if I didn’t write about a country boy and girl in love, it wouldn’t be very commercial.”
Lynn’s recent Opry performance came just weeks after she released Full Circle, a critically-acclaimed collection of traditional covers and re-recorded originals that served as the icon’s first studio album in 12 years.