"Okie from Muskogee" as written by Merle Haggard and Roy Burris....
We don't smoke marijuana in Muskogee
We don't take our trips on LSD
We don't burn our draft cards down on Main Street
We like livin' right, and bein' free

We don't make a party out of lovin'
We like holdin' hands and pitchin' woo
We don't let our hair grow long and shaggy
Like the hippies out in San Francisco do

I'm proud to be an Okie from Muskogee,
A place where even squares can have a ball
We still wave Old Glory down at the courthouse,
And white lightnin's still the biggest thrill of all

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

WAnd I'm proud to be an Okie from Muskogee
A place where even squares can have a ball.
We still wave Old Glory down at the courthouse
And white lightnin's still the biggest thrill of all

And white lightnin's still the biggest thrill of all
In Muskogee, Oklahoma, USA.


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"Okie from Muskogee" as written by Merle Haggard, Roy Burris

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    General CommentBack during the 1960's and 1970's, the ones who made the most noise were the ones who ripped out the rock and roll during that time in history. It turns out, ironically enough, those who spoke for the working class musically spoke for the war effort in Vietnam. Nowadays, you don't find that unless you listen to country on a regular basis.
    OpinionHeadon October 03, 2005   Link
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    General CommentWell this song remind's me so much of the kind of people I used to see and talk to in my town's coffee house. Im freind's with all of them...an i dont know whether it's what the song's lyric's are about or just the way Haggard talk's...But it really puts a smile on my face. I agree with OpinionHead too, this has working class writen all over it...And Good Ol' Boyism
    Albertaboyon September 15, 2006   Link
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    General Commentbefore everyone gets all nostalgic about small town america, let's get this outta the way:

    Merle said about the song, "It started out as a joke. We wrote to be satirical originally. But then people latched onto it, and it really turned into this song that looked into the mindset of people so opposite of who and where we were. My dad's people. He's from Muskogee, you know?"


    also i was raised in muskogee and it's nothing like the song.
    sun_gianton September 23, 2010   Link
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    General CommentPersonally I find this song insulting. I have lived in Muskogee most of my life, I was even born here, and have heard people from other areas associate me with this song just because of where I am from.

    This song is offensive.
    ohcaptainon October 26, 2013   Link
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    General CommentAlso Okie is a derogatory term, learn your history.
    ohcaptainon October 26, 2013   Link
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    My OpinionOkie is a derogatory term, but Merle Haggard has every right to use it, as do I. Because our families were part of the Okie migration to California. You can't use it on us as a bad word, but we can use it about ourselves as a term of pride. It's taking back something that was once derogatory and making it our own. My folks moved from Oklahoma and Arkansas to California in the twenties and thirties to pick cotton, which makes them Okies. You were an Okie even if you were from Arkansas, although sometimes they said Arkie too. But my folks were Okies, I'm descended from Okies, and I'm proud of it, and I'll use the term Okie any time I want. Merle Haggard has certainly earned that right himself. He's right from around the same area my folks are from -- Bakersfield, Wasco, etc. He talks like them. He moves like them. He looks like them. We're Okies, and nothing wrong with that. I agree the song was originally intended to be satirical, though, and then veered off course when people started identifying with it. Merle Haggard was hardly a pristine, law-abiding figure and he rarely tried to look like one.
    forestchildon October 04, 2014   Link

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