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Favorite Merle Haggard Song???

Discussion in 'Music to Your Ears' started by HagFan01, Jan 3, 2017.

  1. P Thought

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    Earlier I clicked a link to a 1972 Grateful Dead concert (movie I think, Sunshine Daydream), in which the Dead covered "Sing Me Back Home". Seeing this thread I realized that it was the Grateful Dead who first introduced me to Merle Haggard's music: "Mama Tried" on their double album. Great song, still one of my favorites of Merle's.

    Funny, their cover of "You Win Again" on the same record might have been my first real taste of Hank Williams, too. I didn't really "get" country music until my 1979 divorce.

    My favorite Haggard song is probably "Old Man from the Mountain". You better be there alone. . . . That "Kern River" one's a great song, too. And "Reasons to Quit", and "Holding Things Together". Great writer, singer.
     
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    Too many but Stay Here and Drink and Big City along with Workin' Man's Blues are my favourites.
     
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    Working Man Blues
    CC Waterback (w/George Jones)
    Pancho & Lefty (w/Willie Nelson)

    I know the last two weren't Merle's songs...but they're great performances by him, especially the sad, aged, regretful weariness in his voice during the last verse of Pancho & Lefty, totally befitting the story of the song.
     
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    Interesting. Though I did like Merle's vocal on Pancho & Lefty, overall that is probably my least favorite recording of that song. I prefer the sparse Townes' arrangements. Nobody did sad and weary vocals like he did.
     
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    This is the meanest question since "favorite Christmas song" or "favorite hymn"...

    I'm far from being religious but there is as much spiritual conveyance in a Haggard song as there is in any hymn...to me anyway.

    Pick one? Not bloody likely...:)
     
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    Honestly, this song was my 1st exposure to Merle Haggard, and I didn't even know it for many years to come.
     
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    Down Every Road...Though Silver Wings and Mama Tried are right up there too. Wait-Workin' Man Blues and Sing Me Back Home are great as well. Hard to pick one. He's my favorite country artist as well.
     
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    So so many to choose from. The one I guess I have to pick is Rambling Fever. Ask me tomorrow and I'll probably have a different one. If I was forced to have to listen to one artist for the rest of my life Merle would be it
     
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    There ain't nothin' like a divorce and sitting there on that bar stool drinkin' cheap whiskey to help one completely understand the basis for country music. I sat there for a little bit, had a drink, smoked a cigarette and said to myself, in the morning we're gonna take care of this. Next day I went to Las Vega got a divorce and lived happily ever after, but I still listen to country.
     
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    That's true, Townes' voice was most fitting for the tune...that song (in and of itself) could be made into an amazing revisionist western film, along the lines of a Larry McMurtry novel, very easily.
     
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    So many i must take two; Irma Jackson and To night the bottle let me down.
     
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    Mama Tried for me as well. Used to cover it both in the same style and in a heavy funk style. It's just too good.
     
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    Working Man Blues has been a Staple of my song list for many, many, years.
     
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    Well said.

    I know this is a Guitar Forum but the honest truth, which many of you realize, is Merle's vocals far surpassed any of the guitarists he paired with. Without meaning any disrespect to any of those players, we're talking about a guy whose vocals were really off the charts perfect.

    The level of nuance and precision in conveying the message of the song vocally is just beyond reproach. He could've used Rickenbackers or Mosrites, or suffered the Chet Atkins treatment and I don't think it would've caused any permanent harm. I mean, just play some recordings of Merle back to back with a serious talent like George Jones and Jones sounds trite and contrived in comparison. Manipulated or something, next to Merle.

    Anyway, "Sing Me Back Home".
     
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    ... I like many of them quite a lot; in reality, any and all of them, simply because he meant them and laid it all on the table in the process with that big voice.
    The art of transparency; "This is me, these are the stories. Share in them with me."

    I enjoy performing Silver Wings and Working Man quite a lot.
     
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    How bout "Footlights"
     
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