"The Fightin' Side of Me" as written by and Merle Haggard....
I hear people talkin' bad
About the way we have to live here in this country
Harpin' on the wars we fight
And gripin' 'bout the way things oughta be
I don't mind 'em switchin' sides
And standin' up for things that they believe in
When they're runnin' down my country, man
They're walkin' on the fightin' side of me

They're walkin' on the fightin' side of me
Runnin' down the way of life
Our fightin' men have fought and died to keep
If you don't love it, leave it
Let this song that I'm singin' be a warnin'
When you're runnin' down my country, hoss
You're walkin' on the fightin' side of me

I read about some squirrelly guy
Who claims he just don't believe in fightin'
And I wonder just how long
The rest of us can count on bein' free
They love our milk an' honey
But they preach about some other way of livin'
When they're runnin' down our country, hoss
They're walkin' on the fightin' side of me

They're walkin' on the fightin' side of me
Runnin' down the way of life
Our fightin' men have fought and died to keep
If you don't love it, leave it
Let this song that I'm singin' be a warnin'
When you're runnin' down my country, man
You're walkin' on the fightin' side of me

You're walkin' on the fightin' side of me
Runnin' down the way of life
Our fightin' men have fought and died to keep
If you don't love it, leave it
Let this song that I'm singin' be a warnin'
When you're runnin' down my country, man
You're walkin' on the fightin' side of me

When you're runnin' down our country, hoss
You're walkin' on the fightin' side of me


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"The Fightin’ Side of Me" as written by Merle Haggard

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    General CommentDon't we all know a woman who looks like Merle Haggard?
    I mean seriously.............
    turnonon August 23, 2009   Link
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    My InterpretationMuch like Haggard's "Okie from Muskogee" this song is satire. It is poking fun at the jingoistic, "patrotic" person who thinks opposition to war amounts to treason.
    bugoon September 16, 2014   Link

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