Poet of the Common Man : The Lyrics
ISBN10: 063403295X ISBN13: 9780634032950 Contributors: Cusic, Don (Editor) Publisher: Hal Leonard Corp Published: Jun 1 2002 Pages: 171 Weight: 1.05lbs. Height: 8.25" Width: 5.75" Depth: 0.75" Language: English
Merle Haggard is known as "the poet of the common man." His songs are some of the most important and influential in the history of country music, on par with the likes of those by Jimmie Rodgers and Hank Williams. Through a life as tumultuous as his music, scarred by struggles with inner demons, incarceration and addiction - all of which he has brutally and directly confronted through his lyrics - Haggard has emerged with an American songbook that captures the rough side of life with an unblinking eye gazing on the workings of the human heart. This collection comes on the heels of his acclaimed album If I Could Only Fly, his first new studio album in four years, which finds the former wildman coping with aging, taking on familial responsibilities, and learning to appreciate the wonders of home life versus the pitfalls of the highway. Haggard's lyrics demonstrate why this acclaimed member of the Country Music Hall of Fame is a legend who will live forever.