Alex Massie

Saturday Morning Country: Merle Haggard

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One of my favourite blog features is Norm's Friday blogger profiles. This week he profiles Willie George Haggard and, frankly, its a doozy. It reminds me that I've been a little slack in posting Saturday Morning Country lately. My bad. And I can't quite believe we've got this far in the series without featuring Merle Haggard himself.

Time to rectify that. So here, below the fold, is Merle singing his great song Mama Tried. Course she did; she's your mama. But would you listen? Well, that's the point of the song isn't it? Note too the extraordinary set which seems to have come from a Saturday morning kids' programme and makes the song seem even more of a cautionary tale...

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Alex Massie is Scotland Editor of The Spectator. He also writes a column for The Times and is a regular contributor to the Scottish Daily Mail, The Scotsman and other publications.

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