Something tells me this is going to be the year of Merle Haggard around here.
Sure, everybody knows who Merle is, but have you ever really contemplated the greatness of his work? Next to Hank (Or—dare I say—maybe even more than Hank...? Nah.), Merle has the most impressive body of work of any singer/songwriter in the country genre.
I'm not overflowing with ideas for this blog at the moment, but one thing I definitely want to accomplish in the coming year is to shine a brighter spotlight on Hag.
Read Merle's impressive AMG bio.
Now enjoy this gem from 1981:
Merle Haggard - Big City (buy)
I'm tired of this dirty old city.Captures my feelings exactly.
Entirely too much work and never enough play.
And I'm tired of these dirty old sidewalks.
Think I'll walk off my steady job today.
Turn me loose, set me free,
Somewhere in the middle of Montana.
Gimme all I got comin' to me,
And keep your retirement and your so called social security.
Big City turn me loose and set me free.
Been working everyday since I was twenty.
Haven't got a thing to show for anything I've done.
There's folks who never work and they've got plenty.
Think it's time some guys like me had some fun.
(Except I want to keep my social security. What can I say? I'm not completely self-destructive.)
So what's your favorite Merle Haggard song?