The Home You're Tearing Down

Album: I Like 'Em Country (1965)
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Songfacts®:

  • A few years before Loretta Lynn took her husband's mistress to "Fist City," she took a softer approach with another one of his women on the side. In this Top 10 country hit, the protagonist invites the other woman to stop by and see how the affair has wrecked her family. She sings:

    There's shattered parts of broken hearts just scattered all around
    Come over anytime and see the home you're tearing down


    The song was written by Betty Sue Perry, who also wrote Lynn's "Before I'm Over You," "The Other Woman," and "Wine, Women and Song."
  • Blues singer ZZ Ward sang this at the Americana Music Association's tribute to Loretta Lynn in 2017. Said Ward: "It was a real thing that she was going through. It connects with people. I sang, 'The Home You're Tearing Down,' and, oh my gosh, the emotion in that song! And every night she would sing it.

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