About the Song

The Letter is a countrypolitan duet sung by American country music singers Loretta Lynn and Conway Twitty. It was written by Lynn and released as the second single from her 1971 album, “I Wanna Be Free.” The song tells the story of a woman who writes a letter to her husband, who is in prison, telling him that she is leaving him. The song was a critical and commercial success, reaching number one on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart and number 48 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. It was also a crossover hit, reaching number 13 on the Adult Contemporary chart.

The song’s success helped to make Lynn a household name and one of the most popular country music singers of the 1970s. It also helped to establish Twitty as a major country music star. The song has been covered by many artists, including Tammy Wynette, Dolly Parton, and George Strait. It was also featured in the 1994 film “The Shawshank Redemption.”

Loretta Lynn was born in Butcher Hollow, Kentucky, in 1935. She began her music career in the early 1960s and quickly became one of the most popular country music singers of the era. Lynn was known for her outspokenness and her willingness to write songs about controversial topics, such as divorce and infidelity. She was also a pioneer for women in country music, and she helped to pave the way for other female singers.

Conway Twitty was born in Friars Point, Mississippi, in 1933. He began his music career in the early 1950s and had a successful career as a rock and roll singer before he switched to country music in the early 1960s. Twitty was one of the most popular country music singers of the 1960s and 1970s. He was known for his smooth, mellow voice and his romantic ballads.

“The Letter” is a classic country music duet that tells a timeless story of love, loss, and betrayal. The song’s simple yet powerful lyrics and the two singers’ heartfelt performances make it a moving and unforgettable listening experience.



Today, I saw her for the first time since she left me
And she said I’ve got a favor to ask of you
And I said all right, what is it?
And she said you know you always told me
If I ever needed any help just to ask and you’d help me
And I said, yeah, I remember
And she said, well, there’s this fellow that I’ve been goin’ with
And I just found out that he’s been slippin’ around on me
And I thought that maybe if you’d write me a letter
And tell me that you miss me and that you still love me
That he might find it and he might read it and
It might make him jealous and I might not lose him
And I said, Ok I’ll write you the letter
Dear sweetheart, just a line to let you know
That I still think about you and I still love you so
I remember your kisses and everytime you held me tight
But most of all I remember the good times that we had each night
Dear sweetheart, if you’re lonely, just let me know
For you’re still my one and only and I still love you so
I’m gonna close for now sweetheart and try to go on without you
But don’t forget I’ll always love you, no matter what you do
So now I’ve written the letter the way you asked me to
And I hope it makes him jealous, the way you wanted it to
For I’ve told you I still love you and I want to be with you
But you know sweetheart the saddest part
I’m not pretending for I still do