About the song

If you are a fan of country music, you may have heard of the song “If We Make It Through December” by Merle Haggard and The Strangers. This song was released in 1974 as the title track of Haggard’s sixteenth studio album. It reached number one on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart and number 28 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. It was also nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Country Vocal Performance, Male.

The song is about a man who is struggling to make ends meet after losing his job at a factory. He wants to give his daughter a good Christmas, but he can’t afford it. He also dreams of moving to a warmer place, maybe California, where he hopes things will be better. He tries to stay optimistic and says that if they can make it through December, everything will be alright.

The song reflects Haggard’s own experiences of poverty and hardship during his childhood and early career. He grew up in a converted boxcar in California during the Great Depression and the Dust Bowl. He had a troubled youth and spent time in prison for burglary. He started his musical career in the 1960s and became one of the most influential figures of the outlaw country movement, along with Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, and others.

The song also resonates with many people who face economic and emotional challenges, especially during the winter season. It has been covered by many artists, such as Alan Jackson, Emmylou Harris, Dwight Yoakam, and Cody Johnson. It is considered one of Haggard’s signature songs and one of the greatest country songs of all time.

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