Merle Haggard performs “The Fightin Side Of Me” Official Video Music.

Reached # 1 on the charts of US Hot Country Songs, remaining on the charts a total of 14 weeks. It also reached # 1 on the Canadian RPM Country Tracks charts. The song was included in Merle's second live album, The Fightin 'Side of Me (Capitol 1970)

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YouTube Merle Haggard Channel

The Fightin Side Of Me

Single cover Merle Haggard ( Capitol 1970 )
Single cover Merle Haggard ( Capitol 1970 )

The Fightin ‘Side of Me, song written and recorded by Merle Haggard for the capitol lebel, December 23, 1969, at Capitol Recording Studio, 1750 North Vine St., Hollywood, CA, at the Merle recording session was accompanied by: James Burton (guitar), Roy Nichols (guitar), Tommy Collins (guitar), Norman Hamlet (steel and dobro), Chuck Berghofer (fender bass), Sam Goldstein (drums), Glen Hardin (piano). With the production of Ken Nelson, the song was released on January 26, 1970, the song reached # 1 on the charts of US Hot Country Songs, on May 14, 1970, remaining on the charts a total of 14 weeks. On April 4, 1970, it also reached # 1 on the Canadian RPM Country Tracks charts. It was the ninth number one in Merle’s career.

The song was included in Merle’s second live album, The Fightin ‘Side of Me (Capitol 1970), the album was released on July 6, 1970, on October 10, 1970, reached # 1 on the charts from US Top Country Albums, and remained a total of 41 weeks in the charts. The album was certified gold in the USA.



About the song:

In 1970, “The Fightin ‘Side of Me” was nominated for Song of the Year and Single of the Year by the Country Music Association. The song did not win either award, with it losing the Single award to “Okie from Muskogee “.

“The Fightin ‘Side of Me” proved to be a successful follow-up single to “Okie From Muskogee” Both took a turn topping the Hot Country Singles chart. Together, they expanded Haggard’s public image. Beforehand, “I” ma Lonesome Fugitive “and” Mama Tried “created a proto-outlaw image of sorts for the singer. Within the next two years, you’d become an unlikely and successful part of the music industry’s running commentary on war, making him a forerunner for the boldly patriotic Charlie Daniels Band. Nowadays it’s another artistically-rewarding step between Haggard helping Buck Owens craft the Bakersfield sound and earning his deserved status as the legend behind some of country music’s biggest hits.



Lp cover Merle Haggard ( Capitol 1970 )
Lp cover Merle Haggard ( Capitol 1970 )

Versions:

Tommy Cash 1970 (Epic)
Jeannie Seely 1970 (Decca)
Roy Rogers 1970 (Capitol)
Leon Copeland 1970 (Alshire)
Red Sovine 1970 (Starday Records)
The Buckaroos 1971 (Capitol)
John Anderson 1986 (Warner Bros.)
George Jones 1989 (Highland Music)
David Allan Coe 2002 (King)
Vince Gill & Paul Franklin 2008 (MCA)

 





Merle Haggard – The Fightin Side Of Me Lyrics

[Verse 1]
I hear people talking bad
About the way they have to live here in this country
Harping on the wars we fight
And griping ’bout the way things ought to be
And I don’t mind them switching sides
And standing up for things they believe in
But when they’re running down our country, man
They’re walking on the fighting side of me

[Chorus]
They’re walking on the fighting side of me
Running down a way of life
Our fighting men have fought and died to keep
If you don’t love it, leave it
Let this song that I’m singing be a warning
When you’re running down our country, hoss
You’re walking on the fighting side of me

[Verse 2]
I read about some squirrely guy
Who claims that he just don’t believe in fighting
And I wonder just how long
The rest of us can count on being free
They love our milk and honey
But they preach about some other way of living
When they’re running down our country, man
They’re walking on the fighting side of me

[Chorus]
They’re walking on the fighting side of me
Running down a way of life
Our fighting men have fought and died to keep
If you don’t love it, leave it
Let this song that I’m singing be a warning
When you’re running down our country, man
You’re walking on the fighting side of me
You’re walking on the fighting side of me
Running down a way of life
Our fighting men have fought and died to keep
If you don’t love it, leave it
Let this song that I’m singing be a warning
When you’re running down our country, hoss
You’re walking on the fighting side of me

Sigle Merle Haggard ( Capitol 1970 )
Sigle Merle Haggard ( Capitol 1970 )

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