Loretta Lynn: Women’s Prison

March 24, 2008

This was sent in by Brenda Lynn Baker (relation?). “Woman’s Prison” is from Loretta Lynn’s Van Lear Rose album produced by Jack White (The White Stripes). I admit that for the first two minutes I kept wanting to hit the stop button, but I watched and listened to the whole thing. This is the story of a woman on death row for killing her cheating husband. There is a magical island that hovers 2/3rds of the way through this song. The insertion of a quotation as a prayer was worth the wait. If I’m not mistaken, this is a senior Loretta singing, and the aged timbre is an effective one in telling this story.

I’m not clear that Loretta approved of the video, I assume that it is solely the work of its director, Katie Madonna Lee. The credits are virtually illegible. I’d love to hear Aaron Fox‘s take on this song.

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