Merle Haggard, the late country legend who forever changed music, performed his song of “Workin’ Man Blues” on “That Nashville Show” in 1977. The song, which was a No. 1 song in 1969, perfectly embodied his signature Bakersfield sound. The lyrics perfectly embody the blue collar spirit his music was known for.
I keep my nose on the grindstone, I work hard every day
Might get a little tired on the weekend, after I draw my pay
But I’ll go back workin, come Monday morning I’m right back with the crew
I’ll drink a little beer that evening,
Sing a little bit of these working man blues
Many critics consider this to be one of his best songs.