Country music legend Merle Haggard penned this country tune that went to #1 on Billboard’s country singles chart in 1969. It was the first single from his 1968 recording, A Portrait Of Merle Haggard and became one of the biggest songs of his career.
While a great country record, it didn’t quite translate to the Gospel music audience when recorded by the Oak Ridge Boys on their 1969 recording, Thanks. The first time I heard the song, I thought it was about a women who left her family because her husband wasn’t providing her luxuries in life. I know, Merle’s story behind the song doesn’t translate to my initial reaction.
The only other Gospel quartet to record this song was the Blue Ridge Quartet in 1970.