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Quotes of the day: Merle Haggard

Published Thursday, April 07, 2016 @ 5:15 AM EDT
Apr 07 2016

Merle Ronald Haggard (April 6, 1937 – April 6, 2016) was an American country music songwriter, singer, guitarist, fiddler, and instrumentalist. Along with Buck Owens, Haggard and his band the Strangers helped create the Bakersfield sound, which is characterized by the twang of Fender Telecaster and the unique mix with the traditional country steel guitar sound, new vocal harmony styles in which the words are minimal, and a rough edge not heard on the more polished Nashville sound recordings of the same era. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


At my age, I don't buy but a half a loaf of bread, you know?

By the time you get close to the answers, it's nearly all over.

I wish coke was still cola and a joint was a bad place to be.

I'll tell you what the public likes more than anything, it's the most rare commodity in the world- honesty.

If I hear another line dance song I think I'm going to puke.

If you gotta mess up the ecology of the world in order to raise a bunch of cows, well eat somethin' else. I'm not a fan of the cowboys.

In 1960, when I came out of prison as an ex-convict, I had more freedom under parolee supervision than there's available... in America right now.

It's easier to force feed people than it is to give 'em what they want. It makes more money.

Lay in the weeds and wait, and when you get your chance to say something, say something good.

Memories and drinks don't mix too well.

My second wife... and I worked together after we divorced for a period of maybe 20 years. And I managed to stay friends with another wife. And then there's one that I don't mess with. Everybody's got one of those.

The only thing that I miss lately in all music is somebody that will put out a melody that you can whistle. It doesn't seem like there's anything happening like that.

We need to have music that contributes to the well-being of the spirit. Music that cradles people's lives and makes things a little easier.

We're changing the Constitution out of fear. We spend all our time looking up each other's dresses. Fear's the only issue the Republican Party has. Vote for them, or the terrorists will win.

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