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Merle Haggard Tells Us ‘The Legend Of Bonnie And Clyde’ With Upbeat Performance

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Even if you don't know about the criminals Bonnie and Clyde, Merle Haggard's song "The Legend of Bonnie and Clyde" will fill you in.

His 1977 song tells the story of the Great Depression-era criminals, Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow, who traveled the United States robbing banks and killing anyone that got in their way.

"The Legend of Bonnie and Clyde" was recorded on January 31, 1977 at the Capital Recording Studios in Hollywood, California. After its release, it quickly became Haggard's fourth No. 1 single on the country singles charts.

Haggard co-wrote the song with country singer and then-wife Bonnie Owens, who is seen in this performance singing backup.

The upbeat song is a fan favorite and shows off Haggard's ability for storytelling. He has us hanging on to every word, as if we already don't know what happens to Bonnie and Clyde.

Watch his performance below.

Lyrics Below

Bonnie was a waitress in a small cafe
Clyde Barrow was the rounder that took her away
They both robbed and killed until both of them died
So goes the legend of Bonnie and Clyde

The poems that she wrote of the life that they led
Told of the lawmen left dying or dead
Some say that Clyde made her life a shame
But the legend made Bonnie the head of the game

The rampage grew wilder with each passing day
The odds growing smaller with each get-a-way
With the end growing closer, the harder they fought
With blood on their hands they were bound to get caught

They drove back from town on one bright summer day
When a man they befriended stepped out in the way
With no thought of dyin' they pulled to the side
But death lay there waiting for Bonnie and Clyde

Two years of runnin' was ended that day
For robbin' and killin' they both had to pay
But we'll always remember how they lived and died
So goes the legend of Bonnie and Clyde

Bonnie and Clyde, Bonnie and Clyde

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