Enjoy this number 1 hit song of Merle Haggard entitled “Branded Man.” It is a song is about an ex-convict’s fear of not being accepted by the outside world after being paroled. “Branded Man” was written by Merle Haggard himself and was released in July 1967. It became Merle’s second number one on the country charts. The single stayed at number one for a single week and spent 15 weeks on the chart.
Merle Haggard, in full Merle Ronald Haggard, (born April 6, 1937, Oildale, California, U.S.—died April 6, 2016, near Redding, California), American singer, guitarist, and songwriter, one of the most popular country music performers of the late 20th century, with nearly 40 number one country hits between the late 1960s and the mid-1980s.
Haggard won numerous awards from the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music, and in 1984 he captured a Grammy Award for best country vocal performance for “That’s the Way Love Goes.” He was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame (1994) and the Songwriters Hall of Fame (2007). In 2010 Haggard was named a Kennedy Center honoree. (Source: Britannica.com)
I’d like to hold my head up and be proud of who I am,
But they won’t let my secret go untold.
I paid the debt I owed them, but they’re still not satisfied,
Now I’m a branded man out in the cold,
When they let me out of prison, I held my head up high,
Determined I would rise above the shame.
But no matter where I travel, the black mark follows me,
I’m branded with a number on my name.
If I live to be a hundred, guess I’ll never clear my name,
‘Cause everybody knows I’ve been in jail.
No matter where I’m living,
I’ve got to tell them where I’ve been,
Or they’ll send me back to prison if I fail.
Now I’m a branded man out in the cold.
Songwriters: Merle Haggard Branded Man lyrics © Sony/atv Tree Publishing
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