Merle Haggard's OKie From Muskogee Marissa werner

Okie From Muskogee was written by Merle Haggard. The song was released September 29, 1969

Merle wrote this song after witnessing many disheartening Vietnam War protests. He was against the protest because these soldiers were out in a strange country risking their life for a cause while many young people were complaining about the War. Merle wrote the song to support the troops. Though many troops were departing from the war, many were still there fighting for our country.

Okie means a Oklahoma native and Muskogee is the 11th largest city in the state.

Merle also wrote 'Mama Tried' and 'Sing Me Back Home' with his band The Strangers.

We don't make a party out of love, We like holdin' hands and pitchin' wooin' ,We don't let our hair grow long and shaggy, Like the hippies out in San Francisco do

This verse from the song insults the hippies and how they view the war. It tells how Merle and other Okie's are very happy where they are, and support the soldiers. They don't necessarily support war, but they object to war protests since soldiers are out there fighting for our country unlike the hippies in San Francisco. The difference between the Okie's and Hippies is how must of America was split during the Vietnam Era.

Many of the lyrics like the verse above consist of the differences of Hippie life and Okie life. The song tells how strong and tough Okies are, and insults Hippies many times. Opposite of what you would expect, the hippies found the song not offensive and funny.

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