49 Years Ago: Merle Haggard’s ‘Okie From Muskogee’ Album Hits No. 1

theboot.com - 05-22


Okie From Muskogee features 20 tracks, including a number of Haggard's most famous songs -- "Mama Tried," "Silver Wings" and "Workin' Man Blues" among them -- but it draws its title from what is perhaps Haggard's signature song, "Okie From Muskogee." Written with Roy Edward Burris, the lyrics of "Okie From Muskogee" -- "I'm proud to be an Okie from Muskogee / A place where even squares can have a ball / We still wave Old Glory down at the courthouse / And white lightnin''s still the biggest thrill of all" -- were inspired by reactions to the Vietnam War.