“Sing Me Back Home”: The Story Behind Merle Haggard’s Saddest Song

Merle Haggard
Merle Haggard

Merle Haggard is regarded as one of the greats of country music. He is on the metaphorical country music Mt. Rushmore next to George Jones, Willie Nelson, and Johnny Cash. The California singer-songwriter had 38 No. 1 hits over his career. Among them was “Sing Me Back Home.”

It is a well-known fact that Haggard spent his early adulthood behind bars for a failed attempt at robbery. While in San Quentin State Prison, Haggard wrote many songs while he was dreaming of freedom and life beyond the bars of a cell.

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