The Hagg releases his fifth album on January 2, 1968. The title track has quite the story.
“Sing Me Back Home” was actually written while Merle was waiting to get out of San Quintin Prison. He and his cellmate Jimmy “Rabbit” Kenrick shared one thing in common. Their love for freedom and how often the two had escaped from prison. As Merle told the story in his ’81 autobiography, Merle Haggard: Sing Me Back Home, Rabbit devised a brilliant escape and asked The Hagg to join him. After some discussion both decided it was best for Merle to stay put. Rabbit was captured two weeks later and eventually executed for the murder of a state trooper. Haggard, the “guitar playing friend”, wrote the song as a tribute.