Thursday, April 7, 2016

RIP Merle Haggard

I was going to write a bunch of stuff about how Merle was an original and how there is never going to be another like him, and how my heart feels like it's broken in a way that will never be repaired. 

Instead, I will allow the great Carlton Haney, to speak for me as he spoke for Merle when he introduced him at Independence Hall in Philadelphia on Valentines Day in 1970, when he recorded the live album, "The Fighting Side of Me," which is one of the records I grew up on. 

Carlton Haney said:

"The heart of the people of any great nation, is it's songs. Added to the list of songs written by the great Jimmie Rodgers and Hank Williams are the songs of our next guest. Songs that he has written about life, love, and loneliness and freedom. Until a man loses his freedom, can he really know what it means. Such is the man that's going to sing for you now. Here with his Strangers is the only Merle Haggard."

And now I'm going to get as fucked up as I can, and play my 58' Tele, and see if I can keep from getting arrested tonight. I know Merle would not want me to get arrested. He will always be free now. Goodbye friend.