Okie from Muskogee Lyrics - Merle Haggard

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We don't smoke marijuana in Muskogee;
We don't take no trips on LSD
We don't burn no draft cards down on Main Street;
We like livin' right, and bein' free.

I'm proud to be an Okie from Muskogee,
A place where even squares can have a ball
We still wave Old Glory down at the courthouse,
And white lightnin's still the biggest thrill of all

We don't make a party out of lovin';
We like holdin' hands and pitchin' woo;
We don't let our hair grow long and shaggy,
Like the hippies out in San Francisco do.

And I'm proud to be an Okie from Muskogee,
A place where even squares can have a ball.
We still wave Old Glory down at the courthouse,
And white lightnin's still the biggest thrill of all.

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Leather boots are still in style for manly footwear;
Beads and Roman sandals won't be seen.
Football's still the roughest thing on campus,
And the kids here still respect the college dean.

We still wave Old Glory down at the courthouse,
In Muskogee, Oklahoma, USA.



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Hippie Era not complete wiihout Okie from Muskogee | Reviewer: Zebedee | 12/16/13

Peace and Love, folks! I am a working musician. I just got off the stage and saw all the embittered comments from hippies and from anti-hippies. Our show today was devoted to the hippie era. We performed songs by Peter Paul and Mary, by Bob Dylan, by Janis Joplin, Simon & Garfunckle, Joni Mitchell, John Lennon & Yoko Ono, Barry McGuire. We did Feelin-I'm-a-fixin-to-die Rag by Country Joe and the Fish. Then for balance, we did the Ballad of the Green Berets by Sgt. Barry Sadler. Hey, folks, were we supposed to pick one side and pretend that the opposite point of view didn't exist? After singing "Give peace a chance" and "Kumbaya", we performed "Okie from Muskogie", one of the most out-spoken songs of the sixties; no matter that I was wearing a tie-died shirt, beads, sandals, round-lens rose colored glasses, and hair down below my shoulders. We are now in the 21st Century, so stop vexing yourself over obsolete culture wars, and enjoy the quality of the music from all sides. Peace, love and spare change, folks!

Stupid is as stupid writes..... | Reviewer: Anonymous | 8/30/11

Try to have an inkling of history before displaying your ignorance for all the world to see. Merle Haggard quote;"It started out as a joke. We wrote to be satirical originally. But then people latched onto it, and it really turned into this song that looked into the mindset of people so opposite of who and where we were. My dad's people. He's from Muskogee, you know?" Okie From Muskogee is an easy-going, affectionate satire of his father's generation that in the process perfectly articulates their resentments and fears. At the same time, it harbors (one suspects) a certain amount of secret envy. Today, "Okie" endures as one of the essential songs of the Sixties and as the most important song of Haggard's career.

Why do you feel this song is offensive? | Reviewer: Georges A. Delpech | 7/17/11

Allo allo - I fail to understand why someone would find this song 'offensive' -there's absolutely nothing in there to be offended about unless the truth hurts. And furthermore- will you not agree your ' hippie lifestyle 'is respected. All he's said is they don't smoke pot and they have smart haircuts and they don't go in for orgies and that leather boots are 'manly footwear' not sandals and they don't wear beads. All said here is pointing out the difference between people living in Musgogee and San Francisco. So why are you feeling offensive -is it because your attire and behavour has always been a sore point with many people? If you learn to respect other people's opinion as people respect yours - you will have a better comfortable place to live in. Your opinion " I hate that song' is respected. You have a choice to like it or not like it. So just accept the fact that he didn't pick on you or your ' hippie style' but was merely stating ' facts' in a song. Having said all that, I must say that with all his popularity and success, even you will agree that MR Merle Haggard is a real simple terrific songwriter to put these simple words so succintly into a song and make a hit. This mere fact should effect some respect for this man.Am I right to believe you have a love for flowers? So here you go- send him some flowers and be respected for doing so. I wish you well my good friend although I do understand that not everyone finds Country Music fascinating. But the millions that do cannot be wrong,surely. I know I am not wrong. I am good at singing it too ha ha ha ha ................

Hippies suck | Reviewer: Judd | 8/28/10

Hippies are the reason this country is in the shape it is in. These lyrics may offend your hippie lifestyle but your hippie lifestyle is offensive to me. So as much as you hate this song I hate you .

Wow, I can't believe how much I really hate this song... | Reviewer: Ridge Dawson | 11/28/09

This song is just horrible beyond all doubt. Not only is his voice absolutely terrifying, but the words are incredibly offensive to those of us who happen to live a hippie lifestyle. I really just think this song is so not good. Just plain wretched...



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