minicat wrote: ArturoBandini wrote:
Donald wrote:Sure. Let's talk about Merle Haggard.
I'm by no means a Merle Haggard expert, but wasn't "Okie" originally meant by Haggard to be satire?
That was kinda what I always thought, too. However, I just read Bill Malone's Country Music USA
, which implies that wasn't the case. It goes further to say many of his fans who loved empathetic earlier songs like "Hungry Eyes" were very disillusioned by "Okie..." and more so by right-wing follow-up "The Fightin' Side of Me."
From Merle's website.
"That political stance was solidified with Haggard’s most popular song, “Okie From Muskogee.” He says the song started as a joke, and its tone definitely leans toward the humorous, but it also drew a clear line between “us” and “them.” Haggard spoke for the Americans who didn’t smoke marijuana, didn’t burn their draft cards, didn’t grow their hair long and shaggy and were “proud to wave Old Glory down at the courthouse.” Followed by the belligerent “Fightin’ Side of Me,” which undeniably challenged the anti-war protesters, it made Haggard a political symbol."
I remember reading his bio and I got the impression it was a satire about both rednecks and hippies. And Merle knew his audience so he let everyone believe whatever they wanted.
He's also the guy who wrote "My Own Kind of Hat" so I believe he's not one who fits easily into any one social group.
"Great White Buffalo" is a great song. I don't care how much of a d-bag Ted's become.
"The stakes are high and so am I, It's in the air tonight". Would the I'venevertoucheddrugs Ted listen to the Ted who wrote that?