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Merle Haggard

Serving 190 Proof

(# 17 top country album)

MCA 3089
Apr / 1979

Produced by Fuzzy Owen

Cover image of Serving 190 Proof

Recorded:
Feb/1978, Fireside Recording Studio, Nashville

1.

Footlights

Merle Haggard

© Shade Tree Music, BMI

I live the kinda life that most men only dream of
I make my livin' writin' songs and singin' them
But I'm forty-one years old and I ain't got no place to go when it's over
But I'll hide my age and make the stage and try to kick the footlights out again

I throw my old guitar across the stage and then my bassman takes the ball
And the crowd goes nearly wild to see my guitar nearly fall
After twenty years of pickin' we're still alive and kickin' down the wall
Tonight I'll kick the footlights out and walk away without a curtain call

Tonight I'll kick the footlights out again
And try to hide the mood I'm really in
And put on my old instamatic grin
Tonight I'll kick the footlights out again
[ guitar ]
I live the kinda life that most men only dream of...

**********

2.

Got Lonely Too Early This Morning

Merle Haggard

© Shade Tree Music, BMI

Got lonely too early this mornin' along about 3:30 a.m.
Woke up in a big empty bedroom the TV had gone off again
Got lonely too early this mornin' hey lonely was layin' like dirt
Got lonely too early this mornin' before I was ready to hurt
[ guitar - sax ]
I try to stay clear of all our ol' friends that start me to thinking of you
I try not to bother you darling cause I know that you don't want me to
Try to look over me callin' this mornin' I know it's the wrong time of day
But I just had to talk to somebody and I can't find nothing to say

But baby it got lonely too early this mornin' along about 3:30 a.m...

**********

3.

Heaven Was A Drink Of Wine

Sanger D. Shafer

© Acuff-Rose Music, BMI

That psycho that psychologist asked me about my drinking ways
Every question that he asked me all related back onto my childhood days
But if the truth was known I never took the drinking long long as she was mine
But when she left me I went to hell heaven was a drink of wine

That good doctor said look at all these ink spots and tell me what you see
Could I help it if they all look like big ol' broken hearts to me
All my friends in Keno tell you ol' Hag ain't the drinkin' kind
But when she left me I went to hell and heaven was a drink of wine

Get back get back get on back and leave me alone
Can't you see that you can't help a man that's this far gone
Hey good doctor I've got something you can't find in my mind
When she left me I went to hell heaven was a drink of wine
Hey good doctor heaven was a drink of wine

**********

4.

Driftwood

Merle Haggard

© Shade Tree Music, BMI

I'm just driftwood
Driftin' with the winds that blow across the sky
I can't always be here with you babe
I'm just driftwood driftin' by

Our lives came together
Somehow we came to mingle for a while
Like two colors of the rainbow
We blended well together for a while

But I won't ever anchor down
The Lord above has numbered all my days
I'm just driftwood
And I think it's time I drifted on aways
[ guitar ]
I'm just driftwood
Driftin' with the winds that blow across the sky
I can't always be here with you babe
I'm just driftwood driftin' by

**********

5.

I Can't Get Away

Merle Haggard

© Shade Tree Music, BMI

I've been runnin' from life
I keep runnin' from life
Hey I'm still runnin' from life
But I can't get away

I'd settle down if I could
Cause there's one thing well understood
We all know runnin's no good
We can't get away

I drown my thoughts in a glass
Take anyway up for a blast
Hey to try to get rid of the past
But I can't get away

There's no way out of it all
Yeah I've got no use for it all
Guess I will run till I fall
I can't get away

Everyone wants to be free
We always want to be free
But life won't let us be free
We can't get away

So I'll keep runnin' from life
Hey always runnin' from life
I still keep runnin' from life
I can't get away
[ guitar ]
I'm runnin' from life
I'm always runnin' from life
I'm still runnin' from life
And I can't get away

**********

6.

(# 4 country hit)

Red Bandana

Merle Haggard

© Shade Tree Music, BMI

We left home when we was barely past eleventeen
We've been back and forth and all around through hell and rain
I've loved you half your life and I'll keep on lovin' you
But I can't change and live the way you want me to

We spend a lot of time out on the highway
Comin' from some town we played along the way
After thirty years and knowin' me the way you do
You know I can't change and live the way you want me to

But babe that red bandana tied around your auburn hair
You look like you oughta be somebody's wife somewhere
Yeah you're never gonna be no Bobby McGee but you're tryin' to
But I can't change and live the way you want me to
[ steel ]
Every time you leave the stage I know you've had your fill
And I wonder why you grew up and why I never will
Hey I'm forty-one today still goin' on twenty-two
But I can't change and live the way you want me to

That red bandana tied around your auburn hair...
No I can't change and live the way you want me to

**********

7.

(# 4 country hit)

My Own Kind Of Hat

Merle Haggard

© Shade Tree Music, BMI

Cowboys and outlaws right guys and southpaws
Good dogs and all kinds of cats
Dirt roads and white lines and all kinds of stop signs
But I stand right here where I'm at
Cause I wear my own kind of hat

There's two kind of lovers and two kind of brothers
And two kind of babies to hold
There's two kind of cherries and two kind of berries
And two kind of mothers I'm told and told

Hey but cowboys and outlaws right guys and southpaws...
[ fiddle - guitar ]
There's two kind of brothers and two kind of lovers
And two kind of babies to hold
There's two kind of cherries and two kind of berries
And two kind of mothers I'm told and told

Yeah cowboys and outlaws right guys and southpaws..

**********

8.

I Must Have Done Something Bad

Red Lane

© Tree Publ, BMI

I must have done something bad sometime in my life
And I paid for it time and again
But this time you've hurt me so bad I could lay down and die
And the pain grows each day ten times ten times ten

If I thought my hand was against you why I'd cut off my arm
And walk off and leave it behind
And if I thought that you needed money why I'd sell my own soul
And I'd even steal from the poor and the blind

I can't understand how ice can glitter like fire
Why you had me fooled all along
I gave you all I had then I searched around for more
And now I have nothing at all and you're gone

I must have done something bad sometime in my life
And I paid for it time and again and again

**********

9.

I Didn't Mean To Love You

Merle Haggard - Red Lane

© Tree Publ, BMI

I didn't mean to miss you but I do
I didn't mean to want you but I do
I didn't mean to think about you
Thought I could do without you
I didn't mean to love you but I do

I didn't mean to tell you so
I didn't mean to let you know
I didn't mean to come back to you
I didn't mean to love you but I do
[ guitar - steel ]
I didn't mean to let you know
I didn't mean to tell you so
I didn't mean to come back to you
I didn't mean to love you but I do

I didn't mean to tell you so
I didn't mean to let you know
I didn't mean to come back to you
And I didn't mean to love you but I do

**********

10.

Sing A Family Song

Merle Haggard

© Shade Tree Music, BMI

There's got to be some folks around
With mem'ries just like mine
Who'd give the world to stop the clock
And turn back the hands of time
To an evening spent like so many spent
With mom and dad at home
When dad would get the old guitar down
And sing a family song

Sing a family song sing a family song
When mom and me sang harmony
Little sister she hummed along
Sing a family song oh sing a family song
When dad would get the old guitar down
And sing a family song

Now maybe at first your mem'ries of home
Won't resemble mine at all
But there's one thing that I know we all have in common
And that's the God given gift to recall
Maybe your dad didn't play no guitar
But I know that there was somethin' he did
That just makes your old heart just well up inside
When you relive your life as a kid

Sing a family song oh sing a family song...

When dad would get the old guitar down
And sing a family song

**********

11.

Roses In The Winter

Merle Haggard

© Shade Tree Music, BMI

We'll have roses in the winter
We'll have good times with the bad
We'll have roses in the winter
Love is all we have to have

There'll be a garden every season
Cause love makes the sun shine every day
We'll be blessed with spring forever
With love and roses all the way
[ guitar ]
If we keep saying all the right words
And keep our harmony in tune
We'll find roses in the winter
We won't have to wait till June

We'll find roses in the winter
We'll have good times with the bad
We'll have roses in the winter
Love is all we have to have

**********



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