Merle Haggard - Going Where The Lonely Go





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Total download size: 695MB Total play length: 36:06

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Produced by Haggard and his mentors Fuzzy Owen and Lewis Talley, the tracks for Going Where The Lonely Go were recorded during the same two day marathon recording session that produced the songs for Haggard's previous 1982 album Big City. Like its predecessor, it peaked at number 3 on the Billboard country albums chart. Haggard composed five of the ten songs on the LP, including the chart topping title track. The album's other #1, "You Take Me For Granted," was written as a personal statement by Haggard's wife Leona Williams about their floundering marriage, which would end in 1983. According to the liner notes for the 1994 retrospective Down Every Road written by music journalist Daniel Cooper, she wrote the song while sitting on the bus in Ohio, then played it for Merle in front of several of his friends after Merle had reduced her to tears during a duet session they were recording. "He got big old tears in his eyes," Cooper quotes Leona, "and he said, 'Is that how you feel? And I said, 'Yes, it is.'" Within days, Haggard had cut the song. Part of the problem was Williams' aspirations to be more than a backup singer and her lingering resentment over the perception by many that she had elbowed the highly respected Bonnie Owens aside. Haggard was perplexed at his wife's agitation, as he recalls in his 1981 autobiography Sing Me Back Home: "I also resented her struggle to establish her own career. After all, I could offer her a permanent place on the stage with my show. She could even have a segment all her own. What more could she want?"

1. Going Where the Lonely Go
2. Why Am I Drinkin'
3. If I Left It Up To You
4. I Won't Give Up My Train
5. Someday You're Gonna Need Your Friends
6. Shopping for Dresses
7. You Take Me For Granted
8. Half A Man
9. For All I Know
10. Nobody's Darling But Mine

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