Happy Birthday, Hag.

Merle Haggard would have turned 80 years old today if he hadn’t died last year on his 79th birthday. The Hag is one of America’s greatest songwriters. I hope wherever he is, he’s okay, and if he was just some sentient conglomeration of cells, let me thank each and every oney of them individually.

He didn’t write this song, but I love the way he sings it.

In the immortal words of the Everly Brothers:

I bet the band in hell doesn’t suck, either.

Photo by Jeremy Luke Roberts [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

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