The Way I Am by Merle Haggard

The Way I Am by Merle Haggard

merle 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


  1. Gail Woolsey

    I can tell you why he’s always hung on the wall. When I was 1 and we lived in California around Bakersfield. Merle lived with and run around with Clyde & Nettie Shaw’s son Kenneth. Mother’s cousins. Shaw worked and kept Merle playing the bars and he finally was discovered. Nettie use to say she had heard those songs before they were ever recorded till she was tired of them. He and Kenneth stayed in trouble. Another Cousin hid them out on an Onion Farm trying to keep them out of Jail. This cousin was Olger Flowers, of you got it, Vancey Flowers Family. Remember her records. She came trying to get Floyd to record. She even brought a moble studio to Valliant , to try and convince him. We do have some colorful Family in the Tree. Also Merle spent some time in the McCurtain County Jail House. When Uncle Jerry got the opportunity to ask Merle if he knew Kenneth Shaw, he looked around the room and said do you know Olger Flowers? That’s all he had to say. It was true.

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