Enjoy this classic song of Merle Haggard entitled The Roots of My Raising. This song is the twenty-first studio album by Merle Haggard and The Strangers, released in 1976. It was his third release in 1976 and his last on the Capitol label until his return in 2004. It reached number 8 on the Billboard country albums chart.

About Merle Haggard

Merle Haggard is an icon of country music. His full name is Merle Ronald Haggard. Born April 6, 1937 at Oildale, California, United States. He is an American singer, guitarist, and songwriter, one of the most popular country music performers of the late 20th century. Merle got nearly 40 number one country hits songs between the late 1960s and the mid-1980s. Merle Haggard won numerous awards from the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music. 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. He died April 6, 2016, near Redding, California. His legacy of music lives on!

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The Roots of My Raising Lyrics

Song by Merle Haggard and The Strangers

I left the four lane highway took a blacktop seven miles
Down by the old country school I went to as a child
Two miles down a gravel road I could see the proud old home
A tribute to a way of life that’s almost come and gone.

The roots of my raising run deep
I come back for the strength that I need
And hope comes no matter how far down
I sink the roots of my raising run deep.

I pulled into the driveway Lord it sure was good to be there
And through the open door I could see that dad was asleep in his favorite chair
In his hand was a picture of mom and I remembered how close they were
So I just turned away I didn’t want to wake him spoil his dreams of her.

A christian Mom who had the strength for life the way she did
Then to pull that apron off and do the Charleston for us kids
Dad a quiet man who’s gentle voice was seldom heard
Who could borrow money at the bank simply on his word.

The roots of my raisin’ run deep
I come back for the strength that I need
And hope comes no matter how far down
I sink the roots of my raising run deep.

The roots of my raisin’ run deep…

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Songwriters: Tommy Collins

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