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Merle Haggard And Kris Kristofferson Perform Energetic Version Of "Okie From Muskogee"

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We all know by now that Merle Haggard is not afraid to speak his mind. That's why when he says, "I think when a person is 70-years-old they should be able to smoke anything they wanna smoke," it's not a surprise!

He said this to introduce his hit song "Okie From Muskogee" after he and Kris Kristofferson shared the stage at the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival in 2011. Their performance is fun and energetic! Merle even had to correct Kris when he forgot a lyric!

"Okie From Muskogee" is one of Merle's most famous songs of his over 50-year career! He wrote the song in 1969 after he became disheartened watching Vietnam War protests and incorporated that emotion and viewpoint into the song. In an interview with The Boot, he says,

"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."

No matter the setting, we love seeing Merle and Kris team up, but this performance was one for the books! 

Watch the light-hearted and amazing performance below!

Lyrics

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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