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Songs By Merle Haggard
On The Acoustic

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Welcome to my songs by Merle Haggard page where you'll find info and lessons covering Merle Haggard hits on the acoustic guitar.

I'm using Merle Haggard album covers below so you know where the songs originated.

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. 

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Songs By Merle Haggard
Chords, Lyrics, Demos, Tutorials

1. Branded Man

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Branded Man was a #1 hit for Merle Haggard back in 1967.

The song is from the album of the same name.

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: No
  • Rhythm: root up down up root up down up and repeat
  • Picking: No
  • Chords: G, G7, C, D, A7, D7

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2. Family Bible

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Family Bible was written by Willie Nelson back in the 60's. Ernest Tubb I believe was one of the first to record the song and of course Willie has recorded the song.

In fact him and Merle put the track on their collaboration 2015 album Django and Jimmy. Merle has never released the song as a single.


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3. Footlights

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Footlights, like the song below called High On A Hilltop, never got released as a single.

The track is also found on Merle's album Down Every Road 1962-1994.


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4. High On A Hilltop

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High On A Hilltop was never released as a single by Merle Haggard.

Merle did a bluegrass album but this song was not on that album. Instead you can find the track on his album Down Every Road 1962-1994.


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5. Hobo's Meditation

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Hobos Meditation is an old Jimmy Rodgers song that Merle recorded in 1969 from his tribute album to Rodgers called Same Train A Different Time.

Merle never released this song as a single.



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6. I Never Go Home Anymore

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I Never Go Home Anymore is a track from Merle's 1984 album It's All In The Game.

This song was never released as a single.


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7. I Take A Lot Of Pride In What I Am

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I Take A Lot Of Pride In What I Am hails from the album "Pride In What I Am" album from 1968.

The song hit #1 in Canada and #3 in the US.

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: No
  • Rhythm: down down up down up down up and repeat with a steady shuffle
  • Picking: a few riffs blended into the rhythm
  • Chords: C, Cmaj7, Em7/C, Dm, G, C7, F, Fmaj7, Dm/F

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8. I Think I'll Just Stay Here And Drink

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I Think I'll Just Stay Here And Drink was a #1 song for Merle Haggard when it hit the airwaves in 1980.

The song hails from the album "Back To The Barrooms'.

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: No
  • Rhythm: root up down up root up down up and repeat
  • Picking: Yes
  • Chords: A, D7, E, E7

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9. I Threw Away The Rose

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I Threw Away The Rose was recorded back in 1967 from the album "Branded Man". 

Merle managed a #2 on the US country charts with this song.

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: No
  • Rhythm: root down up root up down up
  • Picking: Yes
  • Chords: G, C, A7, D, D7

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10. I'm A Lonesome Fugitive

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I'm A Lonesome Fugitive was a single back in 1966 from the album of the same name.

This was the very first of many Merle Haggard #1 hits on the US country charts.


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11. In My Next Life

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In My Next Life was a single from Merle's album entitled 1994, which was released in 1994.

The song peaked at #58 on the US country charts.


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12. 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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13. 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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14. 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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15. 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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16. 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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17. 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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18. 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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19. 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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