The Way I Am by Merle Haggard
I sometimes feel like Merle Haggard is my grandpa. I know it sounds strange, but I really feel like he’s a bona fide member of my family. It may be because he was my first concert when I was eight years old and the fact that I have spent the rest of my life stalking him at concerts across the US. I especially enjoyed seeing his show in Las Vegas because he wore a pink dinner jacket and my friend Lisa and I were the youngest people there. For as long as I can remember, my grandmother has had a Merle Haggard picture (minus the cigarette) hanging in her living room. I’m sure this has something to do with my fascination. His picture was joined in the 80’s by a really nice picture of George Strait. 🙂
Wish I was down on some blue bayou,
With a bamboo cane stuck in the sand.
But the road I’m on, don’t seem to go there,
So I just dream, keep on bein’ the way I am.
Wish I enjoyed what makes my living,
Did what I do with a willin’ hand.
Some would run, ah, but that ain’t like me.
So I just dream and keep on bein’ the way I am — Merle Haggard