Friday, August 30, 2013

Country Club #15: Merle Haggard's Suppressed Anti-racist Single

After his tremendous hit "Okie from Muskogee" which was released in September 1969, spent 4 weeks as Number One on the Top Country list, and namedthe Country Music Association Single(and album) of the Year in 1970, Merle Haggard wanted a very different song to be his next single, instead of "Fighting Side of Me," an even more jingoistic song.

The record Haggard wanted to release was "Irma Jackson," a song he had penned about an interracial romance. Capital Records, Haggard's label,didn't like the song and thought it would alienate his fans. Finally, it was included on Haggard's 1972 album Let Me Tell You About a Song.

In 1970, "Irma Jackson" was covered by Tony Booth as his first single on  MGM. It reached Number 67 on the country charts.





Never knew about this monstrosity. Disgusting and sad - but maybe to be expected from a Hillary Cunton supporter.   John Briggs - (August 15th, 2009, 04:47 PM)

Merle Haggard reveals himself as a mudshark from a song that he wrote in 1970. - See more at: http://vnnforum.com/video.php?do=viewdetails&videoid=1122#sthash.ehi8Oys2.dpuf
     IRMA JACKSON lyrics

I'd love to shout my feelin's from a mountain high
Tell the world I love her and I will till I die
There's no way the world will understand that love is color blind
That's why Irma Jackson can't be mine

I remember when no one cared about us bein' friends
We were only children and it really didn't matter then
But we grew up too quickly in a world that draws a line
Where they say Irma Jackson can't be mine

If my lovin' Irma Jackson is a sin
Then I don't understand this crazy world we're livin' in
There's a muddy wall between us standin' high
But I'll love Irma Jackson till I die

She tells me she's decided that she'll go away
And I guess it's right but she alone should have the final say
But in spite of her decision forcin' us to say goodbye
I'll still love Irma Jackson till I die

If my lovin' Irma Jackson is a sin
Then I don't understand this crazy world we're livin' in
It's a muddy wall between us standin' high
But I'll love Irma Jackson till I die.
'd love to shout my feelin's from a mountain high
Tell the world I love her and I will till I die
There's no way the world will understand that love is color blind
That's why Irma Jackson can't be mine

I remember when no one cared about us bein' friends
We were only children and it really didn't matter then
But we grew up too quickly in a world that draws a line
Where they say Irma Jackson can't be mine

If my lovin' Irma Jackson is a sin
Then I don't understand this crazy world we're livin' in
There's a muddy wall between us standin' high
But I'll love Irma Jackson till I die

She tells me she's decided that she'll go away
And I guess it's right but she alone should have the final say
But in spite of her decision forcin' us to say goodbye
I'll still love Irma Jackson till I die

If my lovin' Irma Jackson is a sin
Then I don't understand this crazy world we're livin' in
It's a muddy wall between us standin' high
But I'll love Irma Jackson till I die.

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