One's on the Way

Loretta Lynn

About One's on the Way

"One's on the Way" is a song made famous by country music singer Loretta Lynn. Originally released in 1971, the song was the title track to her 1971 album and became one of her best-known hits. It was written by Shel Silverstein.


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Loretta Lynn

Loretta Lynn (née Webb; born on April 14, 1932) is an American country-music singer-songwriter and author. Born in Butcher Hollow, near Paintsville, Kentucky, USA, to a coal-miner father. At the age of 14 she married, and soon she became pregnant. She moved to Washington state with her husband, Oliver Vanetta Lynn, Jr. (1926–1996), nicknamed "Doo". Their marriage was tumultuous; he had affairs, and she was headstrong; their life together helped to inspire her music. more »

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16 facts about this song

Song Creation
"One's on the Way" is a song written by prominent poet and songwriter Shel Silverstein.
Popular Artist
It was performed by the legendary country music artist, Loretta Lynn.
Album Identification
The song is the title track of her 1972 album "One's on the Way."
Chart Performance
Upon its release, "One's on the Way" ascended to Number One on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart, establishing it as one of Lynn's biggest hits.
Commendable Success
It was her ninth solo Number One single and tenth overall.
Thematic Elements
The song employs humor and sarcasm to comment on the state of women's rights and women's liberation, a prevalent issue in the early 1970s.
Social Impact
Despite its comedic tone, "One's on the Way" deals with serious issues like gender inequity and the struggle of balancing family responsibilities while battling sociocultural expectations.
Unique Features
It contrasts the lives of four glamorous women with that of a housewife from Topeka, Kansas, who is pregnant with her fifth child.
Legendary Composer
Shel Silverstein, the song's writer, was known for children's books such as "Where the Sidewalk Ends", but he was also a prolific songwriter, contributing to albums by many famous artists.
Directorial Feature
The song is featured in the 2018 Netflix movie The Polka King, directed by Maya Forbes.
Virtual Performance
Loretta Lynn re-recorded this song with Margo Price for PBS' American Portrait series in February 2021.
Honorary Performance
In 2020, at the age of 88, Loretta Lynn performed "One's on the Way" at the Grand Ole Opry to mark the 50th anniversary of women's suffrage.
Lyrical Content
The song humorously references notable women of the time including Elizabeth Taylor, Raquel Welch, and Jackie Kennedy.
Song Duration
The duration of "One's on the Way" is approximately 2 minutes and 37 seconds.
Unique Participation
The song marks one of the rare occasions where Loretta Lynn sings a song she did not write herself, as she is known for her skills in songwriting.
Song Remake
Country singer Brandy Clark covered "One's on the Way" in her 2020 album, Your Life is a Record.

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