This song is simply one of Merle Haggard’s best. “My Favorite Memory” speaks about his journey and showcasing Merle’s poetic gift of songwriting. He is really good at it. This song is Merle’s twenty-fifth number one single. It was released in September 1981 as the first single from the album Big City. The single stayed at number one for one week and spent a total of ten weeks on the country chart.

About Merle Haggard

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:

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Merle Haggard – “My Favorite Memory” live

My Favorite Memory Lyrics

from album: Big City (1981)

The first time we met is a favorite mem’ry of mine.
They say time changes all it pertains to
But your memory is stronger than time.
I guess everything does change except what you choose to recall.

There’s a million good daydreams to dream on
But, baby, you are My Favorite Mem’ry of all.

Like the night we made love in the hallway,
Slept all night long on the floor.
Like the winter we spent at Lake Shasta alone, and closer than ever before.

And I remember that London vacation.
It was you who made the whole thing a ball.
There’s a million good-times I could dwell on,.

But, baby, you are My Favorite Mem’ry of all.
My Favorite Memory

Songwriters: MERLE HAGGARD My Favorite Memory lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

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