If You're Not Gone Too Long

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"If You're Not Gone Too Long"
Single by Loretta Lynn
from the album Singin' with Feelin'
B-side"A Man I Hardly Know"
ReleasedMay 1967
Format7" single
Recorded18 January 1967
Bradley's Barn, Mt. Juliet, Tennessee, U.S.
GenreHonky tonk country
Songwriter(s)Wanda Ballman
Producer(s)Owen Bradley
Loretta Lynn singles chronology
"To Heck with Ole Santa Claus"
"If You're Not Gone Too Long"
"What Kind of a Girl (Do You Think I Am)"

"If You're Not Gone Too Long" is a song written by Wanda Ballman that was originally recorded by American country artist Loretta Lynn. It was released as a single in May 1967 via Decca Records.

Background and reception[edit]

"If You're Not Gone Too Long" was recorded at the Bradley's Barn on January 18, 1967. Located in Nashville, Tennessee, the session was produced by renowned country music producer Owen Bradley. Three additional tracks were recorded during this session.[1]

The song was covered by American country artist Reba McEntire for a tribute to Lynn in 2010 entitled Coal Miner's Daughter: A Tribute to Loretta Lynn.[2]

"If You're Not Gone Too Long" reached number seven on the Billboard Hot Country Singles survey in 1967. The song became her tenth top ten single under the Decca recording label. It was included on her studio album, Singin' with Feelin' (1967).[3]

Track listings[edit]

7" vinyl single[4]
  • "The Home You're Tearing Down" – 2:44
  • "Farther to Go" – 2:24


Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (1967) Peak
US Hot Country Singles (Billboard)[3] 7


  1. ^ "Praguefrank's Country Discography 2: Loretta Lynn, part 1". Praguefrank. Retrieved 3 April 2016.
  2. ^ "Coal Miner's Daughter: A Tribute to Loretta Lynn: Loretta Lynn: Songs, Reviews, Credits". Allmusic. Retrieved 3 April 2016.
  3. ^ a b Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book Of Top 40 Country Hits: 1944-2006, Second edition. Record Research.
  4. ^ "If You're Not Gone Too Long/A Man I Hardly Know by Loretta Lynn (Single, Country)". Rate Your Music. Retrieved 3 April 2016.