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Merle Haggard :: Lonesome Day

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Phonogram Copyright 2003 Hag Records, Inc. Lyrics and Music by Merle Haggard and Doug Colosio Notice: Copyright Disclaimer MiM does not own the copyright for this video. This is a publically released not-for-profit music video permitted under the "Fair Use" doctrine. Under Section 107 of the Copyright Act 1976, allowance is made for "fair use" for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching, scholarship, and research. Fair use is a use permitted by copyright statute that might otherwise be infringing. Non-profit, educational or personal use tips the balance in favor of fair use. MiM considers that this video is part of an on-going scholarship project which constitutes a critical commentary and which adds transformative content regarding unjust conditions and perceived causes of those injustices now existing on planet Earth. MiM also considers that any copyrighted lyrics quoted in this publically released not-for-profit music video are also part of the scholarship project and appear in context along with transformative commentary that provides analysis of the explicit and implicit content of the lyrics. Fair Use: a doctrine in United States copyright law http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fair_use I've never put any sort of a governor on my speaking until lately. And I really seriously watch what I'm saying, because I'm afraid if I said the wrong thing, those men in black, whoever they are, would come down the rope on me in a hot minute ... They're not gonna allow a little hillbilly in Northern California like me to upset any sort of rhetoric that's in favor. Sorry, but I think we live in that kind of a world right now. ... One guy said to me, "If a guy wasn't paranoid at this time in history, he just hasn't looked around." -- Merle Haggard The line in this song that is apt to raise some hackles in the "country" music business reads like this, "When the big boys with the microphones just up and back away, and they're afraid to say the things they know they ought to say." I'd be surprised if Mister Haggard really thought he was seriously watching what he was saying, and if that's a "governor" on his speaking, then I'm sadly mistaken about his strength of character. And I'm fairly certain I'm not. Yes, I totally agree with what Mister Haggard had to say about the "kind of world" we're living in. And that's why I think it's important for his voice to be heard. And, yes, it is also my opinion that the the "big boys with the microphones" are very much afraid to say the things "they know they ought to say." No doubt they took a lesson when Natalie Maines spoke her mind. And that wasn't even on a record. Oh, and as if to underscore the import of that line about the "big boys with the microphones," take a look at the link with the "altered" lyrics. When the men in black come kickin' in your door. And guitar-playin' outlaws lay spread-eagled on the floor. When our celebrated heroes have been cuffed and locked away. It's gonna be a lonesome day. Well out of all the crazy things them guitar players said. They talked about the workin' man and the troubled life he led. When everything is perfect and no rebel's in the way. It's gonna be a lonesome day. They'll be singin' up in heaven while we're livin' here in hell. Givin' up our liberty and buyin' what they sell. Who's gonna sing the Song of Freedom if freedom goes away? It's gonna be a lonesome day. When the big boys with the microphones just up and back away. And they're afraid to say the things they know they ought to say. When the symbol of our freedom like the eagle flies away. It's gonna be a lonesome day. A lonesome day lonesome day it's gonna be a lonesome day. A lonesome day lonesome day it's gonna be a lonesome day. Lonesome! Haggard Speaks Out "Like Never Before" http://www.billboard.com/articles/news/68723/haggard-speaks-out-like-never-before "Haggard Like Never Before!" by Merle Haggard http://merlehaggard.com/haggard_cart/cd-haggard-like...