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Digital Subscriptions > Country Music > Apr/May 2019: Classic Country! > OKIE FROM MUSKOGEE – POLEMIC OR SATIRE?


Merle Haggard was a man unafraid to embrace his own contradictions – and he did so on his most famous song. Here are a few interesting facts about it…

1 It wasn’t Merle himself, but his parents who were from Oklahoma, and according to most accounts, he wrote the song on a tour bus with drummer Roy Burris after spotting a sign for Muskogee on Interstate 40.

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