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Old 06-19-2009, 05:06 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Merle Haggard was big in the days of Outlaw country music, mainly in the 70s to mid 80s. He had many big hits that you may recognize like "Okie From Muskogee", "Silver Wings", "Mama Tried", "Always Wanting You", "Hungry Eyes" and so many more. You would often see him along side outlaw legends, Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings. He has a strong stance on his views of politics and things happening in America and this really showed in his music. For example, "Fightin' Side of Me" showed his no tolerance of any sort of dissing of the nation or president in anyway, and showing his frustraion toward hippies.
Example in the lyrics of "Fightin Side of Me":

I hear people talkin' bad,
About the way we have to live here in this country,
Harpin' on the wars we fight,
An' gripin' 'bout the way things oughta be.
An' I don't mind 'em switchin' sides,
An' standin' up for things they believe in.
When they're runnin' down my country, man,
They're walkin' on the fightin' side of me.
Yeah, walkin' on the fightin' side of me.
Runnin' down the way of life,
Our fightin' men have fought and died to keep.
If you don't love it, leave it:
Let this song I'm singin' be a warnin'.
If you're runnin' down my country, man,
You're walkin' on the fightin' side of me.

I read about some squirrely guy,
Who claims, he just don't believe in fightin'.
An' I wonder just how long,
The rest of us can count on bein' free.
They love our milk an' honey,
But they preach about some other way of livin'.
When they're runnin' down my country, hoss,
They're walkin' on the fightin' side of me.


Again in Okie From Muskogee:

We don't smoke marijuana in Muskogee;
We don't take our trips on LSD
We don't burn our draft cards down on Main Street;
We like livin' right, and bein' free.

I'm proud to be an Okie from Muskogee,
A place where even squares can have a ball
We still wave Old Glory down at the courthouse,
And white lightnin's still the biggest thrill of all

We don't make a party out of lovin';
We like holdin' hands and pitchin' woo;
We don't let our hair grow long and shaggy,
Like the hippies out in San Francisco do.

And I'm proud to be an Okie from Muskogee,
A place where even squares can have a ball.
We still wave Old Glory down at the courthouse,
And white lightnin's still the biggest thrill of all.

Leather boots are still in style for manly footwear;
Beads and Roman sandals won't be seen.
Football's still the roughest thing on campus,
And the kids here still respect the college dean.

We still wave Old Glory down at the courthouse,
In Muskogee, Oklahoma, USA.


and references are also seen in "Workin Man Blues"

This went over very well in more rural areas, the more conservative states and it got him quite a following and fan club. He also, more that any other outlaw singer, sang and took beat from the old texas coutry music, like of Bob Wills and others like him. This is shown in "No Hard Time Blues", and "Big City" He had a strong sense of family and where he grew up and that was another suject that shows up often in his work.

Merle, like most outlaw country singers, did his time in the hammer and he wrote a few songs for that too. "Branded Man"and "Sing me Back Home" are the biggest ones.

lyrics of "Branded Man"
I'd like to hold my head up and be proud of who I am
But they won't let my secret go untold
I paid the debt I owed them,but they're still not satisfied
Now I'm a branded man out un the cold

When they let me out of prison,I held my head up high
Determined I would rise above the shame
But no matter where I'm living,the black mark follows me
I'm branded with a number on my name

If I live to be a hundred,I guess I'll never clear my name
'Cause everybody knows I've been in jail
No matter where I'm living,I've got to tell them where I've been
Or they'll send me back to prison if I fail


In 2007, Merle toured with Willie Nelson, Ray Price, and Asleep at the Wheel and it was called "The Last Of The Breed". I had the privelege of seeing them at Tulsa, Oklahoma, but was a bit dissapointed with Merle. He come out drunk, and since Tulsa is so close to Muskogee, everyoen wanted to hear "Okie From Muskogee". Willie had to bail him out numerous times because he couldn't remember the lyrics of the song. As I said above, back in his hay day he strongly believed what he said in "Fightin Side of Me", yet during a break between songs, he trashed Bush and the War. I don't mind if people have different beliefs than I do, but he completely contradicted himself in everyway. Sadly it sort of tarnished his music for me in ways that made me feel like I couln't believe any of his music any more. But nevertheless, Merle Haggard was a important part of country music and made many respectable albums throught his days.

If you have any thoughts you would like to share on Merel Haggard go right ahead. My favorite song of his is, "One More Lonely Night". Yours?

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Merle Haggard is great. I like Waylon Jennings better though.
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Awesome thread, Merle is one of my favorties. Check out my review of 'Workin' Man Blues' btw.

Keep it up I look forward to this here thread.
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Merle Haggard is great. I like Waylon Jennings better though.
Yeah, Merle one cool dude. I just so happen to like Waylon better too, but I thought I would change it up a bit.

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Awesome thread, Merle is one of my favorties. Check out my review of 'Workin' Man Blues' btw.

Keep it up I look forward to this here thread.
I knew you would like this, crash override . Can't wait to see your review, headed there now.
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love the hag,....


here's a few of my faves

i've always kinda thought as ramblin fever as my unofficial theme song,...makes me think of dusty ol dirt roads, wash boarded out from two much wear and not enough rain,...and singin real loud with my friends
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=noSGo6gb3Bg

because who wouldnt want to be somewhere in the middle of montana
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RFUFWda25Hk

i'll just keep on bein the way i am
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lAtB_qaYxRY
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because who wouldnt want to be somewhere in the middle of montana
No kiddin

Some good picks I'm seeing. Yeah, Merle brings back some good ol memories for me too. Mostly summertime. If you like Rambin Fever, you would probably also like White Line Fever and the Fugitve too. Definetly check out The Fugitive if you havent heard it.

White Line Fever
A sickness born down deep within my soul
White Line Fever
The years keep flyin' by like the highline poles
The wrinkles in my forehead show the miles I've put behind me
They continue to remind how fast I'm growin' old
Guess I'll die with this fever in my soul
I wonder just what makes a man keep pushing on
What makes me keep on hummin' this old highway song
I've been from coast to coast a hundred times before
I ain't found one single place where I ain't been before
White Line Fever
A sickness born down deep within my soul
White Line Fever
The years keep flyin' by like the highline poles


The Fugitive

Down every road there's always one more city
I'm on the run, the highway is my home

I raised a lot of cane back in my younger days
While Mama used to pray my crops would fail
Now I'm a hunted fugitive with just two ways:
Outrun the law or spend my life in jail

I'd like to settle down but they won't let me
A fugitive must be a rolling stone

Down every road there's always one more city
I'm on the run, the highway is my home

I'm lonely but I can't afford the luxury
Of having one I love to come along
She'd only slow me down and they'd catch up with me
For he who travels fastest goes alone

I'd like to settle down but they won't let me
A fugitive must be a rolling stone
Down every road there's always one more city
I'm on the run, the highway is my home

I'm on the run, the highway is my home
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My only question is did you put the asterisks there or did the censor?

Sorry flowerchild. No more spamming your thread. Carry on.
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My only question is did you put the asterisks there or did the censor?

Sorry flowerchild. No more spamming your thread. Carry on.

surely you jest,..i never speak in asterisks
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