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Merle Haggard Sing Me Back Home Lyrics

Last updated: 09/06/2007 11:00:00 AM

The warden led a prisoner down the hallway to his doom
I stood up to say good-bye like all the rest
And I heard him tell the warden just before he reached my cell
'Let my guitar playing friend do my request.' (Let him...)

Sing me back home with a song I used to hear
Make my old memories come alive
Take me away and turn back the years
Sing Me Back Home before I die

I recall last Sunday morning a choir from off the street
Came in to sing a few old gospel songs
And I heard him tell the singers 'There's a song my mama sang.
Could I hear it once before you move along?' (won't you...)

Sing me back home with a song I used to hear
Make my old memories come alive
Take me away and turn back the years
Sing Me Back Home before I die

Sing Me Back Home before I die

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Another Song of the South | Reviewer: David Meyer | 9/6/2007

"Sing Me Back Home" is a evocation of a condemned prisoner's last request that is squarely in the southern Gospel tradition. Haggard encapsulates the sentiment in two short but powerful verses, buttressed with a refrain that takes you right down the hall with the prisoner to his last moments. A version recorded by the Flying Burrito Brothers in the 1970s reveals the power of these simple lyrics when song in multiple part harmonies. This is Haggard at his best.

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