Okie from Muskogee song by merle haggard

1. Who is the artist? The artist is Merle Haggard

2. What is the name of the song? The name of the song is Okie From Muskogee

3. When was it recorded/released? The song was recorded on July 17, 1969 and released on September 29, 1969

4. What other (if any) famous songs do they sing? Merle Haggard also sings songs such as "Mama Tried", "Sing me Back Home", and "That's the Way Love Goes"

5. What do you think the lyrics of the song mean? (Line by line, verse by verse) Merle Haggard expresses through his song how in his hometown they are still pure and unaffected by the counterculture movement. He refers to the younger generations who were a part of the movement with lyrics such as "We don't smoke marijuana in Muskogee, We don't take our trips on LSD" and "We don't let our hair grow log and shaggy, Like the hippies out in San Francisco do". He implies that his hometown, (Muskogee,Kansas) is anti-hippie culture town. They are pure and enjoy living free without any influences of the counter culture movement.

Lyrics

We don't smoke marijuana in Muskogee

We don't take our trips on LSD

We don't burn our draft cards down on Main Street

We like livin' right, and bein' free

We don't make a party out of lovin'

We like holdin' hands and pitchin' woo

We don't let our hair grow long and shaggy

Like the hippies out in San Francisco do

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

Leather boots are still in style for manly footwear

Beads and Roman sandals won't be seen

Football's still the roughest thing on campus

And the kids here still respect the college dean

WAnd 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

And white lightnin's still the biggest thrill of all

In Muskogee, Oklahoma, USA.

6. How do the lyrics relate to or reflect the time period? The lyrics relate to the hippie/counterculture movement of the 1960s. The lyrics refer to the ways the younger generation was changing their lifestyles.

7. What is taking place in history when the song was recorded or popular? The counter culture movement was occurring at this time. More people from the younger generation began experimenting with new lifestyles including various types of drugs and clothing, etc. This generation became to be known as the "hippie generation".

8. What was the overall inspiration and messageĀ of the lyrics of the song? Merle Haggard was inspired by the hippie counter culture movement. He wanted to protest the overall idea and purpose of the movement. He wanted to share the message that there was still a place that lived free and pure of any impacts of the younger generation of hippies.

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