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  Merle Haggard - The Okie From Muskogie   great trivia quiz  
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Merle Haggard is one of my all time favorite singers, and is a true legend of REAL country music. I even read his autobiography "Sing me back home". Take a tour of just a handful of this great singer's most famous songs.
Average, 10 Qns, CowboyChevy4x4, Jul 05 08
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  More On The "Hag"   popular trivia quiz  
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OK, by popular demand I am creating another Merle Haggard quiz. Thank you to all of your wonderful notes praising my last quiz, and I hope I don't disappoint with this one. Enjoy everyone.
Average, 10 Qns, CowboyChevy4x4, Mar 06 07
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  Tulare Dust   top quiz  
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In 1994, a group of acclaimed folk, roots and country songwriters put together a collection of covers of their favourite Merle Haggard songs. This quiz is on the lyrics of the songs found on that album, "Tulare Dust" - if you're a Hag fan, give it a try.
Average, 15 Qns, agony, Aug 28 09
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  A Tribute To The Hag   popular trivia quiz  
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The music industry lost a true legend with the passing of Merle Haggard. This quiz celebrates his life and music. Please enjoy!
Average, 10 Qns, Bob9491, Apr 23 16
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  Merle Haggard   popular trivia quiz  
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Here's some Merle trivia. See what you know and have fun!
Tough, 10 Qns, d-dub-ya, May 20 06
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Merle had a number one country hit with the theme song to a TV show about two truck drivers. What was the name of the show?

From Quiz "A Tribute To The Hag"

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Merle Haggard Trivia Questions

1. According to Billboard Magazine's country singles chart, what was Merle's first top ten record?

From Quiz
A Tribute To The Hag

Answer: (My Friends Are Gonna Be) Strangers

"(My Friends Are Gonna Be) Strangers" peaked at number ten on the Billboard country singles chart in early 1965. Pleased with its success, Merle named his backup band The Strangers. The song was written by Liz Anderson, mother of Lynn Anderson. Merle went on to record several of her songs.

2. "As Deanrow swerved and missed a car, I felt a mighty hand, somehow _ _ had worked again". What song is this?

From Quiz More On The "Hag"

Answer: Mama's Prayers

Another "Hag" song with a bit of reality in it. While on tour one night, the driver of the bus swerved to miss a drunk driver that was in their lane, and shook everyone up enough to cause Merle to write this song. If you listen to the song it is a tribute to his mother, and how she always prayed for him, and how he always knew that God was with him thanks to his mother.

3. Song Lyric: "First thing I remember knowin' was a lonesome whistle blowin', and a youngun's dream of growin' up to ride"... Name the song.

From Quiz Merle Haggard - The Okie From Muskogie

Answer: Mama Tried

..."and no one could change my mind but mamma tried". This song tells the story of the hellion he was growing up, and how his momma tried to turn him down the right path. The first part of the chorus tells how unsuccesful she was..." and I turned 21 in prison doin' life without parole, and no one could steer me right, but momma tried".

4. Merle sang a song about a prisoner's last request. What was the song?

From Quiz Merle Haggard

Answer: 'Sing me Back Home'

5. One of Merle's most touching songs is "Sing Me Back Home". From whose viewpoint is the song being sung?

From Quiz A Tribute To The Hag

Answer: An inmate in a prison

Having done time for his participation in an armed robbery Merle was no stranger to a prison cell. The song became the title track of one of his albums and was also the title of his autobiography.

6. What state does the singer want to go to, in the song "Big City"?

From Quiz Tulare Dust

Answer: Montana

"Turn me loose, set me free, somewhere in the middle of Montana. And gimme all I got comin' to me" This song was on 1981's "Big City" album, and was a number one hit on Billboard's Hot Country Singles. "Big City" is sung by Iris Dement. Most of the reviews I've seen of this album cite her performance as the outstanding one of the collection. Dement has what I can only describe as an old fashioned country music voice - it reminds me of the voices on my parents' old recordings from the '30s and '40s.

7. "C.C Waterback" is a "good ole boys" type song sung by Merle and who else?

From Quiz More On The "Hag"

Answer: George Jones

..."C.C Waterback, and one tequila sunrise, one's for my aching head, the other's for my bloodshot eyes..." Nothing like a good Haggard and Jones song to get the redneck blood pumping, and the alcohol flowing. This is one of the many songs put out by this legendary country duo.

8. Song Lyric..."Leather boots are still in style for manly footwear, beads and Roman sandals won't be seen, football's still the roughest thing on campus, and the kids here still respect the college dean" the song.

From Quiz Merle Haggard - The Okie From Muskogie

Answer: Okie from Muskogie

..."And I'm proud to be an Okie from Muskogie". His signature song, where he paints a wonderful picture of small town life in the town he grew up in, where people still leave their doors unlocked and the keys still in their car,s and still wave at their neighbors when they drove by. Man are those days ever gone!

9. Finish the song, 'I never go around _____'? what

From Quiz Merle Haggard

Answer: mirrors

10. What are the missing words in this lyric? "For years I've been busting my rear, To make a living, ____________"

From Quiz Tulare Dust

Answer: But it ain't made

"A Working Man Can't Get Nowhere Today" from the 1977 album of the same name. An uneven album with no really big hits on it, it never really went anywhere, but this is a pretty good song, with more than a tinge of bitterness. It got to number 16 on the US country charts. It's performed on "Tulare Dust" by Peter Case. Case is an eclectic musician, a former member of The Plimsouls. His "Let Us Now Praise Sleepy John" was nominated for a Best Traditional Folk Album Grammy in 2007.

11. "The captain just gave us our orders, and mom we will follow them through, so I'll finish this letter the first chance I get, so for now I'll just say I love you...." Which song is this?

From Quiz More On The "Hag"

Answer: Soldier's Last Letter

..."Then the mother's old hands began to tremble, as she fought against tears in her eyes, but they came unashamed, for there was no name, and she knew that her soldier had died..." If this song don't jerk a tear from your eye, then you have no heart. A moving song about a mother receiving a final letter from her son in the Vietnam war, but instead of sorrow, she feels pride in her son for the sacrifice he made for his country. The song ends with the mother praying to God to watch over all the sons fighting, and to keep America free. A very relevant song for today, wouldn't you say.

12. Song Lyric... "I read about some squirrely guy who claims that he just don't believe in fighting, and I wonder just how long the rest of us can count on being free"...Name the song.

From Quiz Merle Haggard - The Okie From Muskogie

Answer: Fighting Side of Me

This song he wrote during the Vietnam war era; it reflected his disgust and anger towards the draft dodging hippies of the day who were burning draft cards and refusing to fight for their country. The very next line of the song truly expresses his views on the whole subject... "They love our milk and honey, but they preach about another way of living, so when you're running down this country hoss, you're walking on the fighting side of me". God Bless America!

13. Merle had a song about moving to Alaska to homestead some free Government land. What was the title of the song?

From Quiz Merle Haggard

Answer: 'What Have you got Planned Tonight Diana?'

14. Merle recorded a tribute album in honor of western swing bandleader Bob Wills. What was the title of the album?

From Quiz A Tribute To The Hag

Answer: A Tribute To The Best Damn Fiddle Player In The World

Six of the remaining members of Bob Wills' band The Texas Playboys joined Merle's band The Strangers for the recording of this album. The album was released in 1970 and was Merle's 13th studio album.

15. What's the name of the little girl who has a birthday, in the song "Holding Things Together"?

From Quiz Tulare Dust

Answer: Angie

"Today was Angie's birthday I guess it slipped your mind I tried twice to call you But no answer either time But the postman brought a present I mailed some days ago I just signed it love from mama So Angie wouldn't know." A heartbreaking song about a man trying to raise his family after his wife runs out on him. Dwight Yoakum sings this one, and does the expected fine job. Yoakum followed in Haggard's footsteps in the Bakersfield sound, and has put out some great honky-tonk music over the years.

16. "When the president goes to the White House and does what he says he'll do..." Can you name this tune?

From Quiz More On The "Hag"

Answer: Rainbow Stew

... "Well I'll be drinking that free bubble up, and eating that rainbow stew..." Just another fun loving, feel good song from the "Hag".

17. Song Lyric:... "And I heard him tell the warden, just before he reached my cell, let my guitar playin' friend do my request"... Name the song.

From Quiz Merle Haggard - The Okie From Muskogie

Answer: Sing Me Back Home

This is a song inspired by real events during his 18 month stay in San Quentin prison for robbery. It is about a condemned man Merle befriended, who was put to death while Merle was in prison. In his autobiography, Merle mentions that this song is what he pictured his friend would have done or said had they walked him past Merle's cell.

18. Finish the song, 'Here I am again mixing ______'?

From Quiz Merle Haggard

Answer: Misery and Gin

19. Merle had a number one country hit with the theme song to a TV show about two truck drivers. What was the name of the show?

From Quiz A Tribute To The Hag

Answer: Movin' On

"Movin' On" was another number one country hit for Merle. He wrote it as the theme song for the TV series of the same name. The show ran for two seasons. It starred Claude Akins and Frank Converse as two truck drivers.

20. In "Daddy Frank", what was the guitar man?

From Quiz Tulare Dust

Answer: Blind

A song about a a family band with a deaf mama and a blind Daddy Frank, this one went to number one on the US Country charts in 1971. It was on the "Let Me Tell You About a Song" album. Robert Earl Keen and the Sunshine Boys perform it on this album - a fine singer-songwriter from Texas.

21. "And just about the time it gets real busy, here comes this guy in a strip down model A..." Which song is this?

From Quiz More On The "Hag"

Answer: Harold's Super Service

...."And he'd say gimme fifty cents worth of regular, check my oil too if you don't mind, put some air in my tires wont ya mister, and wash my windows too if you have time"... Merle has a live album on which he does a bunch of impersonations, and performs this song for the one and only time on an album, about a guy who works at a service station, and the one customer who always bugs him. This question is really for the die hard true Merle Haggard fan, so cudos to you if you got it right.

22. Song Lyric:... "Will we buy our bread and butter from a Toyota man, would an Idaho spud be stamped made in Japan"... Name the song.

From Quiz Merle Haggard - The Okie From Muskogie

Answer: Amber Waves of Grain

If I remember correctly he sang this at the first farm aid concert, and had a rousing ovation from the crowd. The song talks about how the U.S was sending all this aid to foreign countries, yet during the farm crisis in the 80's the small farmers were being bought out by the banks and corporate farms. The next line of the song goes... "Won't you save some of that farm aid for the farmers over here, or the amber waves of grain will disappear". As a fellow farmer, I still get misty eyed whenever I hear that song.

23. Who gave Merle his full pardon?

From Quiz Merle Haggard

Answer: Ronald Reagan

24. In Merle's song "Big City" he asks to be set free "somewhere in thr middle of" what state?

From Quiz A Tribute To The Hag

Answer: Montana

Merle's co-writer on "Big City" was Dean Holloway. The song reached number one on the Billboard country singles chart in April of 1982.

25. What kind of fever does the singer have, in this song? "____________ fever a sickness born down deep within my soul _____________ fever the years keep flyin' by like the high line poles."

From Quiz Tulare Dust

Answer: White line

"White Line Fever" is another name for the phenomenon known as Highway Hypnosis. And of course, it's a Merle Haggard song from the 1969 "Okie from Muskogeee" album. It's performed by Joe Ely, yet another Texas singer/songwriter. He was one of the Flatlanders, with Jimmie Dale Gilmore and Butch Hancock, an influential band in the "non-Nashville" country music world. The members have had successful solo careers, all over the country/rock/folk end of the musical spectrum.

26. "But you locked me out of your mind, left me standing here behind..." Which song is this?

From Quiz More On The "Hag"

Answer: Silver Wings

...."Silver wings, shining in the sunlight..." Another classic "Hag" song, and one of my favorite karaoke songs to do, and yes, I said karaoke.

27. 'Stop rolling down hill like a snowball headed for hell' comes from what song?

From Quiz Merle Haggard

Answer: 'Are the Good Times Really Over'

28. Merle hit number one in 1982 with a song called "Yesterday's Wine". It was a duet with George Jones and a cover of a song originally done by its writer. Who was that singer-songwriter?

From Quiz A Tribute To The Hag

Answer: Willie Nelson

Willie Nelson's recording of "Yesterday's Wine" was the title track of a concept album by him. It was released as a single in October of 1971 but only reached number 62 on the Billboard country singles chart. Merle and George's version, however, was a number one country single in 1982.

29. Fill in the missing word to this lyric. "Cowboys and outlaws, right guys and southpaws, Good dogs and all kinds of ______".

From Quiz Tulare Dust

Answer: cats

From "My Own Kind of Hat", a cheeky song full of double entendre; it shows that Haggard is a much cooler guy than someone who doesn't listen to his music would suspect. It hit number four in the US Country charts in 1979. Rosie Flores does a great job of this song - she's got just the right light touch. Rosie's music tends toward the honky tonk side, with a bit of swing and Tex/Mex for flavour.

30. "I'd like to hold my head up, and be proud of who I am..." Which song is this?

From Quiz More On The "Hag"

Answer: Branded Man

... "Now I'm a branded man out in the cold..." Another classic, and you get the feeling he was getting tired of all the questions about his prison time when he wrote this.

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