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January 21, 2010


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This is too funny. My wife Shirley will love this post. I've often said that Merle Haggard is the other man in our marriage. Shirley is the biggest Merle Haggard fan of all time, and is even the moderator of a Merle Haggard listserve. Her favorite song of all time is "Mama's Hungry Eyes" but every time we see Merle in concert he never seems to play that song. Shirley yelled at the stage one time and Merle heard her yelling, but misunderstood what she was saying and said, "This is for the lady who keeps yelling." and then he played 'Mama Tried"! Poor Shirley never got to hear "Mama's Hungry Eyes"!!

Also, Shirley dedicated her latest book to Jesus and Merle Haggard, in that order, so that ought to tell you how high up in her esteem that Merle ranks.

Thanks for this post and the great music!

Just found your blog today and plan to visit again.
I love Silver Wings but also love My Favorite Memory .
I have been searching a bit through you blog and found the vocabulary tests. I grew up in Northern Kentucky but still know a lot of the words and use some of them. Frail is used all over the US even by the government to describe some elderly. (Frail Elderly is the term)
Your version of Silver Wings is very pretty !

Hey...once in awhile, Casper will read your blog. He read this one and the thing that got him wondering was what kind of car did you have when you were in high school. LOL

Merle Haggard is one of my favorites also!
How about "Workin' Man Blues"?! Love that song!
And I loved listening Paul and Pap singing "Silver Wings"!!
Believe it or not....I still have my first 8-track player.

Enjoyed your post. Well, did Merle show up? I think you should have asked him.

Hi Tipper,
The Deerhunter's uncle Sam and I also listened to The Hag while we were dating 40 years ago!Gosh don't seem like it was that long ago.We went to see him in concert after we were married.I have pic;s.A friend of mine was eating out and so was he while he was in town,I also have pic's that she took of him at the resturant.I'll show them to u when u come back out. The Deerhunter's dad is the #1 fan of him that I have ever known.

Merle had a truly remarkable voice. His voice was solid, strong , and true without all the electronic "adjustments" that are used today.
You guys did the Silver Wings fine! Y'all gettin' better ever time.

Great job guys...with "Silver Wings"....
I love Merle...."If We Make it Though December"...was one of my favorites....as well as "I Take A Lot of Pride in What I Am" and of course "Okie from Muskogee"...
Still have some of my old tapes...He can belt out those old country (from the heart) songs...no one can touch him...

Tipper that sounded pretty good. I literally could sit back and put my feet up and relax while listening to it.

It's amazing how the music of a single artist can become such an important part of the shape of our lives.

As a kid for me it was John Denver. Loved him up and down.

Thought of you while I was taking the cornbread out of the oven. Am having it with chili for supper. Come on down or is it over ? Love Pap & Paul's singing. They did the Hag proud. He's a favorite of mine too. Always enjoy your blog.

Great song! I love Merle Haggard, too. I always enjoy visiting your blog. Great job!

Some of the greatest benchmarks of our lives were set by music, weren't they, Tipper? Loved yours!

The first thing that jumped into my mind is my mother's love for Merle. Even though he came a little later, we grew up on him along with Hank Williams, Sr. and Jr., Patsy Cline, Johnny Cash, et. al. I remember the days my mother would crank up her favorite country music while she cleaned the house; probably where I got the habit!

Merle's probably most noted for Okie from Muskogee but my favorite is Old Fashion Love In My Heart. Silver Wings is so pretty, and what a lovely rendition of it by Pap and Paul!

Lovely post! :))

Have a wonderful weekend, Tipper! :))

Inviting Merle over was classic! Mama Tried is a good song and we need more songwriters/storytellers.

Yep I grew up with Merle! My daddy loved him, along with Johnny, and many others. We were only allowed to listen to that music growing up. We were too poor to own anything but a radio, and daddy had a record player only he touched! I can two step also with the best of them...we danced in the kitchen all the time.

When country rock came about my dad said it was not country anything, lol, he was hard core 'common man' country...

My goodness! I don't remember the title but it goes "Daddy Frank played the guitar and the french harp" He is a great composer ,isn't he? Tell the Paul and Pap they did an excellent job of covering the song.

My dad really liked Merle Haggard, and I grew to like him too as I would sit and listen along when dad played his records. All those records, along with a lot more are still at my Mom's house. I can remember the times and remember the way I pictured in my mind the stories I was hearing coming out of the RCA console stereo. Amazing how a song with one short verse and a chorus can say so much.

Hi there. I just found your blog & I love it. I'm having alot of fun browsing your old posts.I'm up here in Southwestern,PA. I was a true farm girl growing up but moved away from it as I became an adult. I realize now that it was the best time of my life & I am trying to get back to it. This blog is helping me fill in the gaps. Thanks, Stacey

Tipper: My favorite country song is "Desperado" by The Eagles but number two is "Pancho and Lefty" by Merle and Willy.

Great post Tipper, I love Merle too.

Great song! I've always been a Merle fan, too!


What great memories you have sparked with this post. Merle Haggard was one of the C&W greats of all time. I love his music.

I think the guys did a great job with Silver Wings. Thanks for the memories and your kind words of support on my latest post.


I'm a Merle fan too. I've always loved his music.

I think Merle would love Paul and Pap's version. Merle is an interpreter of song. That's what makes the great ones great. I think Paul and Pap do that very well too. I am a big Merle fan and I enjoyed that rendition. Keep up the good work. I'm working on my strumming so I can join in the next time I'm able to make it up that way. Pappy

Love it!

I love that you thought of inviting Merle over! A real tribute to his appeal.

I've always loved the "Hag" too. Nice version of his song!

Hi Tipper - what a fun post! I love all your memories and how they tie in to Merle.

My memories about 8 track tapes involve an old blue Ford and David Cassidy and the Partridge Family!

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