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Not coincidentally, Merle Haggard's "Working in Tennessee" documents a young ruffian who pulled himself up by his bootstraps.

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Merle Haggard: Lively And Spontaneous

Not coincidentally, Haggard's "Working in Tennessee" documents a young ruffian who pulled himself up by his bootstraps.

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What did Merle Haggard learn about hopping trains in his youth? "Take enough money to ride a bus," he says. Travis Huggett hide caption

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