Patty Loveless “Coal Miner’s Daughter” Cover

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Watch Patty Loveless' live performance of Loretta Lynn's "Coal Miner's Daughter" here!

Born a coal miner’s daughter herself, this song has a special place in Patty Loveless’s heart. This 1969 hit song, originally sung by Loretta Lynn, details the real story of Loretta’s childhood in rural Kentucky.

In 2015, fellow Kentucky native Patty Loveless covered the tune at the Austin City Limits’ Hall of Fame in honor of the country music pioneer.

Enjoy the musical moment below!

“Coal Miner’s Daughter” Lyrics

Well, I was born’d a coal miner’s daughter
In a cabin, on a hill in Butcher Holler
We were poor but we had love,
That’s the one thing that daddy made sure of
He shoveled coal to make a poor man’s dollar

My daddy worked all night in the Van Lear coal mines
All day long in the field a hoin’ corn
Mommy rocked the babies at night
And read the Bible by the coal oil light
And ever’ thing would start all over come break of morn

Daddy loved and raised eight kids on a miner’s pay
Mommy scrubbed our clothes on a washboard ever’ day
Why I’ve seen her fingers bleed
To complain, there was no need
She’d smile in mommy’s understanding way

In the summertime we didn’t have shoes to wear
But in the wintertime we’d all get a brand new pair
From a mail order catalog
Money made from selling a hog
Daddy always managed to get the money somewhere

Yeah, I’m proud to be a coal miner’s daughter
I remember well, the well where I drew water
The work we done was hard
At night we’d sleep ’cause we were tired
I never thought of ever leaving Butcher Holler

Well a lot of things have changed since a way back then
And it’s so good to be back home again
Not much left but the floor, nothing lives here anymore
Except the memory of a coal miner’s daughter

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