10 Best Merle Haggard Quotes

  1. “Guitar playing is very important to me. It’s like golf to some other people; it’s important to me that I play good.” – Merle Haggard
  2. “To be part of what you’re singing about is somewhat painful. You’ve got to climb inside it all.” – Merle Haggard
  3. “We need to have music that contributes to the well-being of the spirit. Music that cradles people’s lives and makes things a little easier. That’s what I try to do, and what I want to do. You don’t want to close the door on hope.” – Merle Haggard
  4. “The only thing that I miss lately in all music is somebody that will put out a melody that you can whistle. It doesn’t seem like there’s anything happening like that.” – Merle Haggard
  5. “Sometimes if you get ’em too drunk they don’t pay no attention to what you’re doin’ anyways, so you might as well just do old songs. But if you get one that’s paying attention, sometimes we’ll do some new material.” – Merle Haggard
  6. “I think it was Tommy who told me, ‘When your song is called ‘XYZ’ or whatever, every line has got to make sense against your title.’ He showed me little methods of proving to yourself whether the line belongs, and ways of finding out whether you were able to get more out of a line if you tried.” – Merle Haggard
  7. “I’ll tell you what the public likes more than anything, it’s the most rare commodity in the world – honesty.” – Merle Haggard
  8. “There’s two or three kids out there trying to make good music, and the rest of them sound like it’s been strained through some kind of white toast or something. It all sounds just too neat and perfect, with no surprise to it at all. No story, no nothing. It’s like building cars, like an assembly line. It doesn’t sound like anything that came from a guitar.” – Merle Haggard
  9. “The guitar’s not all that expensive either, when you compare it to gettin’ a toothpulled or something.” – Merle Haggard
  10. “It’s easier to force feed people than it is to give ’em what they want. It makes more money.” – Merle Haggard

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