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Merle Haggard Old Songs
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Here on my Merle Haggard old songs page where you'll find info and lessons covering 11 great old tunes from The Hag.

Help yourself to the free pdf chord sheets and view some full demos. If you require full tutorial lessons for these songs below, there is a purchase link for a small fee. Deeper discounts available from the prices listed above. 

Check the link to my other Merle Haggard page for more great tunes you can learn on guitar.

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11 More Best Of Merle Haggard Songs

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Merle Haggard Old Songs
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1. It's All Goin To Pot

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It's All Goin To Pot was a duet Willie did with Merle Haggard in 2015. The song reached #48 on the country chart.

The track was on the album Django And Jimmie.


  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: No
  • Rhythm: root down up down up down up and repeat 
  • Picking: Yes
  • Chords: D, G, C

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2. Kern River Blues

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Kern River Blues is listed as a non-album single so I guess this track never appeared on any Merle Haggard album. Don't confuse this title with Kern River, which is a different song.

This song did not chart when it was released back in 2016.

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: 3rd fret
  • Rhythm: root down root up down up and repeat
  • Picking: Yes
  • Chords: C, F, G

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3. Let's Chase Each Other Around The Room

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Let's Chase Each Other Around The Room was a single released from the 1984 album It's All In The Game.

The single reached #1 in the US and #9 in Canada. Merle co-wrote this song with two other writers.


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4. Okie From Muskogee

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Okie From Muskogee was released as a single back in 1969. It appears this was the only single from the album of the same name.

The track reached #1 in the US and #3 in Canada.


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5. Ol Country Singer

Ol Country Singer sounds like an old song from the 30's to me, but I couldn't find any info on the song or what album if any that Merle may have used it on.

It's possible he just played the song in some performance and never actually recorded the song.


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6. Old Fashioned Love

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Old Fashioned Love is an old Texas swing style tune by Bob Wills as far as I can tell, but he didn't write the song.

Merle Haggard recorded a live album in Austin Texas back in 1978 and this track can be found on that record.


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7. Rainbow Stew

Rainbow Stew .... info soon


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8. Someday When Things Are Good

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Someday When Things Are Good was a #1 songs in both Canada and the US when it was released in 1984.

The song is from the album "That's The Way Love Goes".

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: No
  • Rhythm: root down up root up down up
  • Picking: Yes
  • Chords: C, Cmaj7, C7, D/F, Dm, G7, F, A#

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9. The Fightin Side Of Me

The Fightin Side Of Me ... info soon.


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10. What Have You Got Planned Tonight Diana

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What Have You Got Planned Tonight Diana is a tack from Merle's 1976 album The Roots Of My Raising.

This song was a B-side single to the A-side single Cherokee Maiden.

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: No
  • Rhythm: down down down up down up and repeat 
  • Picking: Yes
  • Chords: D, G, Em, A7

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11. When Times Were Good

When Times Were Good - info soon.


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