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Merle Haggard I Take a Lot of Pride in What I Am Lyrics

Last updated: 09/20/2011 11:00:00 AM

I TAKE A LOT OF PRIDE IN WHAT I AM
(Merle Haggard)
« © '68 Tree Publishing, BMI »

Things I learned in hobo jungle
Were things they never taught me in a class room
Like where to find a hand out
While bummin' through Chicago in the afternoon
Hey I'm not braggin' or complainin' I'm just talkin' to myself man to man
This ol' Middle fat I'm chewin' didn't take a lotta doin'
But I take a lot of pride in what I am
I guess I grew up a loner
I don't remember ever havin' any folks around
But I keep thumbin' through the phonebooks
And looking for my daddy's name in every town
And I meet lots of friendly people but I'll always wind up leavin' on the lam
Hey where I've been or where I'm goin' didn't take a lotta knowin'
But I take a lot of pride in what I am
I never travel in a hurry
Because I got nobody waitin' for me anywhere
Home is anywhere I'm livin'
If it's sleepin' on some vacant bench in City Square
Or if I'm workin' on some road gang or just livin' off the fat of our great land
I never been nobody's idol but at least I got a title
And I take a lot of pride in what I am
I never been nobody's idol...
I take a lot of pride in what I am
I take a lot of pride in what I am

Thanks to jbojones@ comcast.net for submitting I Take a Lot of Pride in What I Am Lyrics.



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Human Understanding | Reviewer: Kelly | 9/19/11

I heard this song last Sunday on Rick Jackson's Country Hall of Fame for the first time and loved it. I grew up on classic country and have always loved hobo songs, of which this just may be the best. It's ingenious if you really listen to the words. This song also raised sentimental connections for me because I think this is exactly the sort of thing my Dad would've said. He was a self-made man if I ever met one, and he certainly did take a lot of pride in what he was. Merle Haggard has helped me do what years of striving, arguing and cajoling could not. He helped me understand my dad better, and see things for a moment through his point of view. Thanks Merle, wherever you are.