About the song

If you’re a fan of country music, you’ve probably heard of Merle Haggard, one of the most influential and prolific singers and songwriters of the genre. He had 38 number-one hits on the Billboard country charts, and one of them was “I Think I’ll Just Stay Here and Drink”, a classic drinking song that resonated with many listeners who felt disillusioned, heartbroken or just in need of a good time.

The song was released in October 1980 as the second single from his album “Back to the Barrooms”, which marked his return to a more traditional country sound after experimenting with other styles in the late 1970s. The song was written by Haggard himself, and it features a memorable saxophone solo by Don Markham of The Strangers, his backing band. The song stayed at the top position of the Billboard country chart for one week and spent a total of twelve weeks on the chart. It also reached number 29 on the Canadian RPM Country Tracks chart.

The song has been covered by several artists, such as Alan Jackson, Hank Williams Jr., George Jones and Warrant. The latter version was released in 2017 on their album “Louder Harder Faster” and featured a guest appearance by Haggard himself, who sadly passed away in 2016.

“I Think I’ll Just Stay Here and Drink” is a timeless song that captures the spirit of country music and the emotions of many people who have gone through hard times or broken relationships. It’s a song that celebrates the simple pleasures of life, even if they come with a price. It’s a song that makes you want to raise your glass and join Merle Haggard in his decision to just stay here and drink.

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