Okie From Muskogee Merle Haggard

Okie From Muskogee was a song popular in the late 1960's and early 1970's written by Merle Haggard.

Okie From Muskogee was recorded and released in 1969.

Some other songs by Merle Haggard are Pancho and Lefty, Same Old Train, and I Think I'll Just Stay Here and Drink.

"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." These lyrics say that hippies are not normal citizens. Haggard is strongly against the drug use and anti-war actions of the hippies. In the fourth verse of the song, he states that, in Muskogee, people live normally and maintain respect for authority, unlike the disrespectful hippies. "Football's still the roughest thing on campus, and the kids here still respect the college dean"

At the time when the song released, the hippie movement was at its peak, so the influence of the lyrics was great.


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