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Merle Haggard & Tammy Wynette - Okie From Muskogee (Live at Wembley, 1988) (WATCH)

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Originally penned in 1969, "Okie From Muskogee" was recorded by legendary country artist Merle Haggard for his album under the same title. To this day, it remains one of Merle's best known songs.

The song, written at the height of the Vietnam War, highlighted the small-town roots, conservative values, and Middle American ideals that acted as a satirical backdrop for the hit. 

In an interview Haggard told The Boot, "When I was in prison, I knew what it was like to have freedom taken away. Freedom is everything. During Vietnam, there were all kinds of protests. Here were these [servicemen] going over there and dying for a cause — we don't even know what it was really all about. And here are these young kids, that were free, bitching about it. There's something wrong with that and with [disparaging] those poor guys." He goes on to explain that the song is in support of the troops.

In 1988 he rehashed the classic with country songstress Tammy Wynette at Wembley Stadium.

Other well-known covers of "Okie" include:

Grateful Dead

The Beach Boys

The Melvins

++++++++++++++++++++ LYRICS BELOW ++++++++++++++++++++
We don't smoke marijuana in Muskogee;
We don't take no trips on LSD
We don't burn no draft cards down on Main Street;
We like livin' right, and bein' free.
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

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.

And 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.

We still wave Old Glory down at the courthouse,
In Muskogee, Oklahoma, USA.
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