Merle Haggard

The Ballad Singer

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This collection of Merle Haggard ballads contains finely observed ruminations on varying degrees of loss. Haggard's masterful songwriting swings from the gentle romance of "It's All in the Movies" to the traditional country of "Emptiest Arms in the World," with several of his best drinking songs, like "Misery and Gin," "Holdin' Things Together," and "Turnin' off a Memory," proving his command of honky-tonk gloom.

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