I first heard Sissy Spacek sing this song in the summer of 1981 on the soundtrack for the movie, Coal Miner’s Daughter. At the time, like the woman in the song, I was in Topeka, Kansas, at a rehabilitation center for the blind, and I wasn’t much happier than the poor housewife, distracted by three kids, one on the way, and a husband who calls from a bar and says he’s bringing a few old Army buddies home.
According to Wikipedia, “One’s on the Way,” written by Shel Silverstein and popularized by Loretta Lynn, was recorded and released in 1971 and was the title track on her album by the same name. The housewife in the song compares her hectic lifestyle to that of such stars as Elizabeth Taylor, Debbie Reynolds, and Raquel Welch. This and other songs by Loretta Lynn including “The Pill” and “Don’t Come Home A’ Drinkin’ with Lovin’ on Your Mind” helped her become the spokesperson for women who married too soon, became pregnant too often, and felt trapped by the drudgery of their lives. To learn more about this song, click here.
Now, here’s Loretta Lynn singing “One’s on the Way.” I like her voice better than that of Sissy Spacek, and I hope you do, too. Enjoy!
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New! The Red Dress
Copyright July 2019 by DLD Books
When Eve went to her high school senior prom, she wore a red dress that her mother had made for her. That night, after dancing with the boy of her dreams, she caught him in the act with her best friend. Months later, Eve, a freshman in college, is bullied into giving the dress to her roommate. After her mother finds out, their relationship is never the same again.
Twenty-five years later, Eve, a bestselling author, is happily married with three children. Although her mother suffers from dementia, she still remembers, and Eve still harbors the guilt for giving the dress away. When she receives a Facebook friend request from her old college roommate and an invitation to her twenty-five-year high school class reunion, then meets her former best friend by chance, she must confront the past in order to face the future.