[lbo-talk] labor bitchiness

Dennis Claxton ddclaxton at earthlink.net
Fri May 25 12:03:00 PDT 2007

> > Okie from Muskogee was a joke song. As Haggard has said about the
> > "we don't smoke marijuana in Muskogee" line... "Muskogee is the only
> > place I don't smoke it." Haggard smokes dope all the time.
>Weren't they high when they wrote the song?

I hadn't heard that but just found this on a list called Vietnam War Forum:

On Thu, 3 Dec 1998, Swain, Ralph wrote:

> I saw a interview recently with Merle Haggard and he said his intention

> of "Okie from Muskogee" was NOT for "red-neck" purposes and that he was

> stoned on grass when he cut the record. Interesting, huh? Apparently,

> even Johnny Cash mistook Merle's intention and chewed him out publicly

> for inciting derision against long hairs.


> Billy Joel's song, if I'm not mistaken, is actually called, "Goodnight

> Saigon" and not "Parris Island."


> I have the original 45 rpm record(complete with rumbles and scratches)of

> Staff Sergeant Barry Sadler's "Ballad of the Green Berets."


> Ralph A. Swain, assoc. prof. (Viet-Nam vet)

> Program Director/Dept. of Mass Communications

> Briar Cliff College, 3303 Rebecca St., P.O. Box 2100

> Sioux City, IA 51104-2100


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