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merle haggard - kern river blues

KERN RIVER BLUES

Composer:  Merle Haggard

Label:  Hag Records, LLC

Recording Date:  February 9, 2016

Recording Location:  Hag Studios

 

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Vocals:  Merle Haggard

Electric Guitar:  Ben Haggard

Acoustic Guitar:  Scott Joss

Bass:  Doug Colosio

Steel Guitar:  Norman D. “Norm” Hamlet

Drums:  Jimmy Christie

Horns:  Renato Caranto

Mastering:  Benny Quinn

Cover Design:  William Chiaravalle

Cover Image:  Myriam Santos

 

Lyrics:

 

I’m leavin’ town tomorrow

Get my breakfast in the sky

Well, I’m leavin’ in the early morning

Eat my breakfast in the sky

Be a donut on a paper

Drink my coffee on the fly

 

I’m flying out on a jet plane

Gonna leave this town behind

I’m flying out on a jet plane

Gonna leave this town behind

They’ve done moved the city limits

Out by the county line

 

Put my head up to the window

Watch the city fade away

Put my head close to the window

Watch Oildale fade away

The blues back in the ‘30s

Just like the blues today

 

There used to be a river here

Runnin’ deep and wide

Well, they used to have Kern River

Runnin’ deep and wide

Then somebody stole the water

Another politician lied

 

When you closed down all the honky tonks

The city died at night

When you closed down all the honky tonks

The city died at night

When it hurt somebody’s feelings

Well, a wrong ain’t never right

 

Well, I’m leaving town forever

Kiss an old boxcar goodbye

Well, I’m leaving town forever

Kiss an old boxcar goodbye

I dug my blues down in the river

But the old Kern River is dry