Whiskey Riff Song Of The Week: “Workin’ Mans Blues” By Merle Haggard

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Happy Monday, y’all.

Today for the Song of the Week, we have a tune called “Workin’ Mans Blues” by Merle Haggard.

A solo write by Merle, a true man of the people, he released it in May of 1969 as the second single from his A Portrait of Merle Haggard album.

The single shot to #1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs chart later that year, and became one of The Hag’s signature songs and biggest hits, and remains a fan-favorite to this day.

Of course, it’s been covered by countless other artists since then, like Jerry Lee Lewis, Lone Justice, Jon Wayne and Gary Morris, just to name a few.

A tribute to the hard-working, blue collar people that make America the great country that it is, Merle sings about working all week long and raising a family, and how he’d rather do it all the hard way than be handed anything:

“It’s a big job gettin’ by with nine kids and a wifeEven I’ve been workin’ man, dang near all my life but I’ll keep workin’As long as my two hands are fit to useI’ll drink my beer in a tavernAnd sing a little bit of these working man blues”

And in honor of today being Labor Day, enjoy your hard-earned day off and give this one a spin while you’re at it:

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