What a damn voice.
Charles Wesley Godwin covered the hell outta Merle Haggard’s classic track “Silver Wings” over on Instagram earlier, and I can’t get enough.
I think we might need a studio cut of this one, actually…
“Silver Wings” comes from Merle’s 1969 album A Portrait of Merle Haggard, and is a solo write from the record.
All about the sadness and despair he feels when the woman he loves gets on a plane to go somewhere far away and leaves him lonely back home, it’s a good old fashioned heartbreaker that never fails to hit me right where it hurts.
Of the inspiration behind it, Merle told Uncut magazine back in the day:
“It was written on a plane – a 707 coming out of Phoenix, Arizona going to LA with Bonnie Owens.
I looked out and those silver wings were just gleaming. I thought, ‘What a great premise for a song.'”
I couldn’t agree more, and it’s safe to say, CWG definitely did Merle proud with his rendition:
“‘Silver Wings’ by the late great Merle Haggard.
Headed back out tomorrow for two nights in Chattanooga, TN, Birmingham, AL and New Orleans, LA this week. Details on my site. See y’all out there. Enjoy!”
I mean, it really doesn’t get any better than just Charles and an acoustic guitar…