Merle Haggard – The Fugitive

It was released in December 1966 as the first single and title track from the album I'm a Lonesome Fugitive. The song was Haggard's first number one hit on the U.S. country singles chart, spending one week at number one and fifteen weeks on the chart

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Cover LP Merle Haggard Capitol 1967
Cover LP Merle Haggard Capitol 1967

“The Fugitive’ (later titled “I’m a Lonesome Fugitive” on the album) is a song recorded by American country music artist Merle Haggard, written by Liz Anderson and Casey Anderson (parents of country music singer Lynn Anderson). It was released in December 1966 as the first single and title track from the album I’m a Lonesome Fugitive. The song was Haggard’s first number one hit on the U.S. country singles chart, spending one week at number one and fifteen weeks on the chart.The B-side, “Someone Told My Story”, peaked at number 32 on the country chart.



From the album I’m a Lonesome Fugitive
Released December 12, 1966
Genre Country
Length 2:56
Label Capitol
Songwriter(s) Liz Anderson Casey Anderson
Producer(s) Ken Nelson





Merle Haggard – The Fugitive Lyrics

Down every road there’s always one more city
I’m on the run the highway is my home
I raised a lot a cane back in my younger days
While mama used to pray my crops would fail
Now I’m a hunted fugitive with just two ways
Outrun the law or spend my life in jail
I’d like to settle down but they won’t let me
A fugitive must be a rolling stone
Down every road there’s always one more city
I’m on the run the highway is my home
(Guitar Music)
I’m lonely but I can’t afford the luxury
Of having one I love to come along
She’d only slow me down and they’d catch up with me
For he who travel fastest goes alone
I’d like to settle down but they won’t let me
A fugitive must be a rolling stone
Down every road there’s always one more city
I’m on the run the highway is my home
I’m on the run the highway is my home

Single Merle Haggard Capitol 1966
Single Merle Haggard Capitol 1966

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