It's a shame Hag isn't better known for tracks like this and "Sing Me Back Home" instead of tracks like "Okie from Muskogee" and "The Fightin' Side of Me". He was a lot more complex than his reputation would suggest. This track is a beauty and one of his finest.
Merle is great, this is one of my favorite songs by him. If you lived in the 70's you can probably relate to the "Poor me" in so many country songs. We were all broke. I was a kid, so it wasn't as bad on me. Everyone I knew was broke so I didn't know the difference since I wasn't an adult trying to make the payments.