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:
The Beach Boys
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