“The Fightin’ Side of Me” is a song written and performed by American country music artist Merle Haggard. It was released in December 1969 as the first single and title track from the album The Fightin’ Side of Me. The song became one of the most famous of his career.
In reference to his own 2002 patriot song, “Courtesy of the Red, White, & Blue (The Angry American),” Toby Keith once called this song “the original Angry American song.”
Like its predecessor “Okie from Muskogee,” “The Fightin’ Side of Me” immediately broke in popularity when released in January 1970. The song reached No. 1 on the Billboard magazine Hot Country Singles chart, where it remained for three weeks. It also charted in the lower regions of the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
In addition to the studio version of the song, a live version of “The Fightin’ Side of Me” was issued as part of Haggard’s live album of the same name.
From the album The Fightin’ Side of Me
B-side “Every Fool Has a Rainbow”
Released January 26, 1970
Recorded December 23, 1969 (studio version)
Length 2:52 (studio version)
3:11 (live version)
Label Capitol 2719
Songwriter(s) Merle Haggard
Producer(s) Ken Nelson