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Merle Haggard Stands Up For America, Speaks Out Against People Who Destroy The American Flag

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Merle Haggard has always been opinionated and is known for standing up for what he believes in.

He once said in an interview, "I've never been a guy that can do what people told me...It's always been my nature to fight the system." 

In 1989, he went on a talk show to perform his new song "Me and Crippled Soldiers". He wrote the song because he got so angry about people disrespecting the American flag, and he needed to express his feelings somehow. 

"The thought came to me, I felt helpless. I'm just a little guitar player. Doesn't anybody but me and disabled veterans of America care about this and how can this happen?"

He gave the proceeds from the song to disabled veterans, "so no one gets confused as to why" he recorded the song. 

"Me and Crippled Soldiers" was written in response to the Supreme Court's decision to allow flag burning under the First Amendment. His record label, CBS Records Nashville, did not want to release the album, so Haggard bought his way out of his contract and signed with Curb records, where they allowed him to release the song. 

Watch his performance below. 

Lyrics Below

Now that it's alright to burn the stars and stripes
Yes, nobody really needs old Uncle Sam
Might as well burn the bill of rights as well
And let our country go straight to hell
Only me and crippled soldiers give a damn

Should they throw away their purple hearts and hide their uniforms
And be proud to hear old glories on the ground
Somebody said, they'd take us without firing a shot
I don't know if they will or not
But only me and crippled soldiers give a damn

Has the holocaust been so long? Is Hitler really gone
As we burn our only cause for Vietnam?
There's the mom who lost her son
Is this the freedom that we won?
For only me and crippled soldiers give a damn

I've been known to wave the flag before
And saddened when we went to war
Fighting for the symbol of our land
For all the wars we fought and won to keep old glory waving
Today, they ruled to burn old glory down
And only me and crippled soldiers give a damn

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