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'Coal Miner's Daughter': Favorite quotations

For her work as Loretta Lynn in Coal Miner's Daughter, Sissy Spacek won an Oscar.
For her work as Loretta Lynn in Coal Miner's Daughter, Sissy Spacek won an Oscar. Courtesy of Universal Pictures

Loretta: Hey Doolittle Lynn, who's that sow you got wallowin' in your Jeep?

Girl: What'd you call me?

Loretta: A sow, that's a woman pig!

Doolittle: Loretta, I'm leavin' Kentucky. Goin' out west somewhere, find me another job. That damn coal mine about to kill me. There ain't nothin' in Kentucky for me except a chest full of coal dust and being an old man before I'm 40. Ask your daddy, he'll tell you.

The morning after the wedding night.

Loretta: This food's cold.

Doolittle: That's 'cause it froze on the way over here from the damn restaurant. You want a hot breakfast, you got to come with me.

Loretta: You think I'm going over there with you and all them folks knowin' what we been doin' in here?

Doolittle: Hell's bells, Loretta. You think this is somethin' the rest of the world ain't caught onto yet? They don't give a damn.

Lee Dollarhide: If you're born in Kentucky you've got three choices: coal mine, moonshine or move it on down the line.

Patsy Cline: People are wantin' to know who you've been sleepin' with to get on the Opry so quick.

Loretta: Well, I never. Who would say such a thing?

Patsy Cline: All those girl singers who've been sleepin' with everybody and still ain't got on the Opry.

Radio station manager: And come off that dumb hillbilly act!

Doolittle: If you knew Loretta, you'd know that ain't no act.

Loretta: Thank you, honey.

Loretta: An' stoppa that growlin'. You sound like a big ol' bar.

Loretta catches Doo with another woman.

Loretta: Woman, if you want to keep that arm, you better get it off my husband.

Girl at fairgrounds: Who are you telling what?

Loretta: I don't know who you are, but I know what you are.

Loretta: I'm gettin' so sick of baloney.

Doolittle: You are? Well, you know what they say about eatin' baloney, don't you?

Loretta: No, what?

Doolittle: Makes you horny.

Loretta: What does that mean?

Doolittle: (Laughing.) Are you so dadburn ignorant you don't know what horny means?

Loretta: No, what does it mean?

Doolittle: I ain't gonna tell you.

And later in a radio interview ...

Loretta: Shoot, we've been driving so much, I don't know where I am half the time. But it's fun. We sing, and talk, and Doo — that's my husband — he'll get to acting horny.

Speedy West: (Shocked.) What!

Loretta: And the more I laugh, the hornier he gets, and then he'll say, "Loretta, spread me up another one of them baloney sandwiches!"

Radio station manager: I don't know where in the hell you think you are, lady, but that kind of smut don't go in this part of the country!

Loretta: I didn't know it was dirty! I thought "horny" meant cuttin' up and acting silly!


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