Merle Haggard Dies at 79, Outspoken Opponent of War and Chemtrails in Later Years
On April 6, 2016 country music legend Merle Haggard passed away at the age of 79. Haggard was one of the most legendary country music performers and artists in the music industry with more than 36 number one country hits to his credit. Haggard’s career was more than that of a typical country performer. His songs touched a chord with the working man, the down and out and the outsider in a way that few artists could ever hope to do.
“Country music has suffered one of the greatest losses it will ever experience,” said Charlie Daniels on Twitter. “Rest in peace Merle Haggard.” Haggard was well known for country gems like “I think I’ll Just Stay Here and Drink,” “Mama Tried,” “Sing Me Back Home,” “The Bottle Let Me Down,” “If We Make It Through December” and “Silver Wings.” But he was also known for songs like “Okie from Muskogee,” a possibly satirical or possibly real (Haggard would never say which one) commentary on the cultural divide in the 1960s. Haggard was also known for “The Fightin’ Side of Me” an uber-patriotic song that Haggard himself claimed probably set “my career back 40 years.” While the latter song seemed to glorify some of the worst elements in American society at the time, in his later years, Haggard came to speak out against imperialist warfare.
Haggard also stood up for American farmers by taking part in Willie Nelson’s Farm Aid. What has gone surprisingly under-reported, however, is Haggard’s outspoken criticism of the practice of geoengineering – also known as chemtrails.
In his song “What I Hate” Haggard wrote: “What I hate is looking up and seeing/Chemtrails in a clear blue sky today.”
Characteristically, Haggard was unafraid to bring up the chemtrail issue in an interview with NPR. But the interviewer did not press him and simply skimmed over the rest of the issue.
Haggard died on his 79th birthday, a prediction he made a week prior to his death of complications from pneumonia.
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