Sing Me Back Home

This is an online fiddle lesson for the country song "Sing Me Back Home" by Merle Haggard.

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Genre: Country
Skill Level: Intermediate
Key of A

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Sing Me Back Home - Online Fiddle Lessons. Celtic, Bluegrass, Old-Time, Gospel, and Country Fiddle.

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"Sing Me Back Home" is a song written and recorded by American country music artist Merle Haggard. It was released in November 1967 as the first single and title track from the album Sing Me Back Home. The song was Merle Haggard's third number one. The single spent two weeks at number one and a total of 17 weeks on the country chart. It was also recorded live by the Byrds on There Is a Season.

The song was among several notable Haggard songs that touched on a common theme of his 1960s and early 1970s recordings -- prison. Haggard himself spent three years at San Quentin State Prison in California for his role in a botched robbery. "Sing Me Back Home" draws upon his friendship with a fellow inmate, "Rabbit," who was executed after an escape attempt led to the death of a security guard.

source: Wikipedia

Sing Me Back Home

The warden led a prisoner down the hallway to his doom
I stood up to say good-bye like all the rest
And I heard him tell the warden just before he reached my cell
'Let my guitar playing friend do my request.' (Let him...)

Sing me back home with a song I used to hear
Make my old memories come alive
Take me away and turn back the years
Sing me back home before I die

I recall last Sunday morning a choir from off the street
Came in to sing a few old gospel songs
And I heard him tell the singers 'There's a song my mama sang.
Could I hear it once before you move along?'  (Won’t you…)

Sing me back home with a song I used to hear
Make my old memories come alive
Take me away and turn back the years
Sing me back home before I die
Sing me back home before I die
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This topic contains 18 replies, has 13 voices, and was last updated by  John Cockman 3 months ago.

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  • #35196

    John Cockman
    Keymaster

    As a tribute to Merle Haggard, I’ve done lesson a for one of my favorites of his songs.  I didn’t realize until researching this song that it was inspired by a real event from his time in prison.

    Sing Me Back Home

    #35197
    fiddlewood
    fiddlewood
    Participant

    Sweet! Thanks John!

    This will be the next song I try to fit what I’m working on into.

    I’ve been working on one of Merle’s’ Two-steps trying to play double stops made up of a 3rd above and a third below ala Buddy Spicher type stuff. It’s a grueling project for me, but the goal is well worth it.

    For anyone who didn’t understand my ramblings above…it sounds like 3 fiddles playing harmony in 3 parts, but there are really only 2 instruments. (think Bob Wills and some Bill Monroe)

    #35201
    Tbird
    Tbird
    Participant

    Very well done my friend and that’s exactly the kind of country fiddle I like. The difference between country artist of old compared to today is guys like Merle wrote from the heart about real life experiences and these phonies today write about whatever they think will sell records or make a good video.  I always enjoy the story behind the song.

    #35203

    John Cockman
    Keymaster

    Merle was far more gifted than people gave him credit. And yes, he was real. His persona and his music weren’t created by backroom agents and producers. I love this song more every time I hear it.

    #35206
    randygwatkins
    randygwatkins
    Participant

    Love it!  I’m not familiar with this song but it sounded great!

    Randy

    #35210
    cricket
    cricket
    Participant

    I never heard it before but I like it.  Very nicely done tribute.  Y’all sound so nice together!  Thanks again, John.  I wish I could learn ’em as fast as you post them!

    #35213
    peggys
    peggys
    Participant

    Great song by a great country artist…Wayne sings this one but I think in “E” …it will be a one for my double stop practice!

    #35215

    tylerdean
    Participant

    Great job on one outside the box. Music for what it’s intended to be. nice job on the vocals and fun to play. The Hag was underrated, he hits that heart string that few can.

    #35223

    Bruce Stewart
    Participant

    Wow , One of my favorite singers , Merle Haggard. He was also a great fiddler. Thanks so much John. Getting a membership from you is the best money I ever spent.

    #35233

    John Cockman
    Keymaster

    Thanks everyone. Peggy, I’d love to hear you and Wayne do this tune sometime. The key of A is too high for me, too, but that’s where Merle pitched it. He had a deceptively high voice.

    #35236
    Cohumulone
    Cohumulone
    Participant

    Great tune and nicely done. Won’t try this one yet, but I can see it down the road.

    #35248
    nagumaq
    nagumaq
    Participant

    [quote=35201]The difference between country artist of old compared to today is guys like Merle wrote from the heart about real life experiences and these phonies today write about whatever they think will sell records or make a good video.  I always enjoy the story behind the song.[/quote]
    Thanks for saying this Mike ! Feelings mutual , I was just explaining that to a friend of mine last week . Very inspired to write now .
    John , thanks so much for this lesson , even though I have not heard the song yet , people around here love Merle and his biggest fans , they translate his songs to french , and if you say it s your favorite , I will learn it and folks in these parts will be happy when I play it , in English as tribute .
    Just awesome ,
    Merci ,
    Gu

    #35275

    John Cockman
    Keymaster

    It does have very poignant words. A tear comes to my eye every time I sing “there’s a song my mama sang” in the second verse. My thoughts go out to my own Mama, and her favorite hymn that she sang a lot around the house. When I hear this hymn, it reminds me of my childhood, and my loving home.

    This is the reason Merle doesn’t tell us the name of the song, and he doesn’t describe the convict’s mother. Leaving it to the imagination, he wants us to think of our own Mother, and the hymns that she sang. This is the genius of his writing. By relating the song to yourself, you are suddenly in the shoes of the convict, facing death, and thinking of your mother. At that point, you realize that whatever this man may have done, somewhere is a mother who loved him.

    Kind of like this man:

    #35328
    Justine
    Justine
    Participant

    Beautiful song, John! You and your daughters sound so good singing together!

    #35357

    John Cockman
    Keymaster

    Thanks Justine! I hope you are doing well.

    #39259

    Matthew Stremba
    Participant

    I’m so glad this is one of the songs on your “menu.”  Just before I signed on to BlueGrassDaddy, I was a workshop participant over in Elkins WV, the Augusta Heritage Classic Country Week, early July 2016.  The first song we all worked on in the “Melodic Improvisation Class” was this very Merle Haggard classic.  And your exquisitely beautiful rendition of the song and the fiddle-break is just the  model I want to aim at.  Another piece on my to-do list.  A big thanks.

    MDS

    #39277

    John Cockman
    Keymaster

    Thank you! Merle was an amazing artist.

    #48206

    Kathy
    Participant

    I enjoyed this rendition very much, including the harmonies.  I grew up hearing my Dad’s band play this and other Merle H songs but this was one of my favorites.  It’s great to have a lesson for it here, thanks!

    #48224

    John Cockman
    Keymaster

    You’re welcome! We did this as a tribute when Merle died. He was a great fiddler.

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