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Favorite Merle Haggard Song???

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

  1. RyCo1983

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    Sing Me Back Home
    Definitely my favorite all time

    But Running Kind is up there for me too...as is Ramblin' Fever.
     
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    Sing Me Back Home. I'm surprised I'm just the third person to chime in with that one. I also love the Flying Burrito Brothers' version (even though Merle once referred to Gram Parsons as a "p***y").
     
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    +1

    This is what you do; best path a musician can choose.
     
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    Are We Rolling Downhill was a pretty dang good song, too. Forgot about that one.
     
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    Tuff call, but I've had "Shelly's Winter Love" running in my head for a few days.
     
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    Oh man, so hard to choose. Hold a gun to my head and I'd probably pick Mama Tried. I sing it in my solo set. I'm trying to get the band interested in adding it.
     
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    Swinging doors
     
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    love the vocal on this one:



    great, great, great, top to bottom, every aspect

    he didn't write it, though
     
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    did you all know Merle wrote a jazz waltz?



    three key changes, and some commanding guitar work (Glen Campbell?) buried in the mix
     
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    Pick just one?o_O

    There probably isn't a Merle haggard tune that I don't like.

    What a wonderful artist we were blessed with.

    If I have to pick one, maybe two. I'm going with a Talley hit of "You Don't Have Very Far To Go".

    But, I always loved his version of the Jimmy Davis classic "Nobody's Darling But Mine".

    He will always be missed and never forgotten to me.
     
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    Didn't see these mentioned yet, but two of my favorites.



     
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    I love If I'd Left It Up to You, especially the slow version that you posted. Almost no one I know knows or remembers this song, but I sing it from time to time.

    I, like others, would have a tough time picking my favorite because I have been a Merle fan since I was a teenager and have yet to hear a song by him I didn't love.
     
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  13. DonM

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    Yeah, I thought I was the only person that liked that one. I have a great old live album of his and that's where I first heard it. It was the slow version too. I like that one a lot better also.
     
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    There's so many! Did the man even do a bad song??

    But three come straight to mind: Mama Tried, Okie From Muskogee, and Pancho and Lefty, with Willie.
     
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    Yeah, the live album was where I first heard it and learned it, too.
     
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    As a guitarist my favorites are probably Workin Man and Stay Here and Drink.

    As a lover of lyrics and music, I'm going to have to say Misery and Gin, or If We Make It Through December are my favorites.
     
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    Sorry.....yea, this version of this song....
     
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    I'd say that this song is in my top favorites due to Nichols' guitar break - and I always thought that he was playing a Telecaster on that song!! It's so neat how he got a Tele sound out of that Gibson LP.

    Is that entire Anaheim, CA concert on DVD? I've got the cassette soundtrack but - I would love to upgrade it to CD.

    Being a Burton fan, I love James' work with Merle, of course. I've got the "Down Every Road" 4-CD set but, according to Bear Family, there's a couple of multi-CD sets that I'm missing out on.
     
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    Another one I love is "What Have You Got Planned Tonight, Diana?" That one will bring a tear to a glass eye, IMO. To be honest, the first time I heard it - actually heard the song and listened to the words, I did cry.

    Studio version:



    Live version:



    And there's the "forgotten" track from 1994 titled, "In My Next Life""

     
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