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Merle Haggard & George Jones Breathe New Life Into Willie Nelson Song

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Willie nelson Songs | Merle Haggard & George Jones Breathe New Life Into Willie Nelson Song | Country Music Videos
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When two great artists like Merle Haggard and George Jones come together, it's a recipe for chart-topping hits.

Haggard and Jones collaborated many times throughout their careers, even releasing two albums together as a duo. Despite both being popular enough to collaborate with basically anyone they wanted, the two kept joining forces with one another, since they were not only fellow artists, but good friends

The first duo album that Haggard and Jones released was in 1982, titled A Taste Of Yesterday's Wine. Haggard and Jones actually wrote some of the songs on the album, but it's the album's title track, written by Willie Nelson, that is the most recognizable.

"Yesterday's Wine" was originally written by Nelson in 1971 and released on his album of the same title. When Nelson released the song, it never climbed any higher than the 62nd spot of the Billboard country charts. But when Haggard and Jones released their version in 1982, the song immediately soared to the top of the charts, claiming the #1 spot for a week and remaining on the charts for ten weeks total.

In Haggard and Jones' version of the song, each singer starts off singing on their own before they join together. But when they do, the contrast in their voices produces an incredible sound. Haggard's twangy voice clashes in just the right way with Jones' slightly smoother vocals, and the combination gives the song a very classic country sound. 

After you listen to Haggard and Jones sing "Yesterday's Wine," you'll also be able to understand why it was an instant hit in the country music world.

LYRICS BELOW 

Miracles appear
In the strangest of places
Fancy meeting you here
The last time I saw you
Was just out of Houston
Sit down let me buy you a beer
Your presence is welcome
With me and my friend here
This is a hangout of mine
We come here quite often
And listen to music
Partaking of yesterday's wine
Yesterday's wine
I'm yesterday's wine
Aging with time
Like yesterday's wine
Yesterday's wine
We're yesterday's wine
Aging with time
Like yesterday's wine

You give the appearance
Of one widely travelled
I'll bet you've seen
Things in your time
So sit down beside me
And tell me your story
If you think
You'll like yesterday's wine
Yesterday's wine
We're yesterday's wine
Aging with time
Like yesterday's wine

Yesterday's wine
We're yesterday's wine
Aging with time
Like yesterday's wine
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