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Merle Haggard is one of my top five country legends. Merle Haggard, often called “the Poet of the Common Man,” whose music reflected his hardscrabble roots and hard-living ways as well as a tenderness that made him a revered songwriter.

I have dropped many quarters in Honky-Tonk jukeboxes listening to his songs and have wore out the vinyl. I had the opportunity to see him twice in concert. I'll never forget one of his quotes on my first concert. "Being a country music singer is a 35 year bus ride". He played it until the end my son Mike has tickets for a June show.

RIP Merle Haggard

Do you have a favorite song if so post it here and show the world a true American songwriter.



 

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sorry to see that, Snowball - been a favorite of mine a long time.
 

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Somewhere tonight Willie is crying.
Godspeed, Ol' Troubadour..
 

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One of Haggard's most political (and well known) songs, "The Fightin' Side of Me" was written in response to the military action in Vietnam. Released in 1969, this song sends a clear message: Don't mess with "the Hag" (or America). "




 
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