"The Farmer's Daughter" was released in 1971 on Merle's 14th studio album, titled Hag. The entire album actually reached #1 on the Billboard Country Album chart.
The song tells the tale of a father giving his daughter away on her wedding day, definitely a story that most everyone can relate to. It's very heartfelt and emotional because no one, not even the richest man in seven counties, will ever be good enough for this farmer's daughter. She loves him and he loves her, so that's what matters in the end.
Merle's performance of this classic song is fantastic! With a smile from Merle to end the song, the audience gives him a round of applause - a very deserved applause, at that! Check it out below.
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Tonight there'll be candlelight and roses
In this little country chapel that's almost falling down
There'll be tears in this old farmer's eyes this evening
When I give my one possession to that city boy from town
His hair is a little longer than we're use to
But, I guess I should find something good to say
About this man who's won the farmer's daughter
And will soon become my son-in-law today
Mama left eight years ago December
And it was hard to be a Dad and Mama too
But, somehow we made home of this old farmhouse
And love was all my baby ever knew
He could be the richest man in seven counties
And not be good enough to take her hand
But, he says he really loves the farmer's daughter
And I know the farmer's daughter loves the man