“I was, to say the least, probably the most incorrigible child you can think of.”

Fresh Air remembers Merle Haggard by replaying a 1995 interview in which he discusses his hardscrabble childhood, literally hopping freight trains, time in prison, and redemption.

A real gentleman.

I didn’t realize “Mama Tried” was his song. I’ve always loved the Grateful Dead cover, and I thought the song was theirs.

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