Routine is not what we all want to experience in our life. We have this inner voice inside of us that wants to be set free and live in the wild. We are born to be free and explore life. Now, that is what Merle Haggard’s song “Ramblin’ Fever” is all about.

My hat don’t hang on the same nail too long
My ears can’t stand to hear the same old song
An’ I don’t leave the highway long enough to bog down in the mud
’cause I’ve got ramblin’ fever in my blood

Before we take a look on Haggard and Willie Nelson’s performance, let’s get to know Haggard’s original version of “Ramblin’ Fever.”

Merle Haggard Willie Nelson Ramblin' Fever

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Merle Haggard Got the “Ramblin’ Fever”

In 1977, Haggard released his album Ramblin’ Fever. The album reached number five on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart. Ramblin’ Fever was released under his new record label MCA. The album contained ten tracks, in which “Ramblin’ Fever” was the lead single.

Also in 1977, Merle Haggard wrote and recorded the song “Ramblin’ Fever.” It reached number two on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. Furthermore, his single scored a spot on the Canadian chart.

The Song’ Content

In Haggard’s song, he talks about living life on the road where he doesn’t need to have a daily routine. Instead, the narrator lives life to the fullest. In addition, he doesn’t want to settle down, but only wants to play around.

’cause I don’t let no no woman tie me down
And I’ll never get too old to get around
I want to die along the highway and rot away like some old high-line pole
Rest this ramblin’ fever in my soul

Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard

In 2004, Merle Haggard became a guest in Willie Nelson’s show known as Willie Nelson Special. They performed Haggard’s song “Ramblin’ Fever.” Haggard began by dedicating the song to all the people who make a living on the highway. The song was included in Nelson’s live album Outlaws and Angels. It was an amazing song and performance. Now, this is what country song is all about! The instruments and guitar solos, plus Haggard and Nelson’s singing.

Watch Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard perform real country music.