Merle Haggard - Are The Good Times Really Over Lyrics




I wish a buck was still silver
It was back when the country was strong
Back before Elvis
Before the Vietnam war came along

Before The Beatles and 'Yesterday'
When a man could still work, still would
The best of the free life behind us now
And are the good times really over for good?

Are we rolling down hill
Like a snowball headed for Hell?
With no kind of chance
For the Flag or the Liberty Bell

Wish a Ford and a Chevy
Could still last ten years, like they should
Is the best of the free life behind us now?
Are the good times really over for good?

I wish Coke was still Cola
And a joint was a bad place to be
It was back before Nixon lied to us all on TV

Before microwave ovens
When a girl could still cook and still would
The best of the free life behind us now
Are the good times really over for good?

Are we rolling down hill
Like a snowball headed for Hell?
With no kind of chance
For the Flag or the Liberty Bell

Wish a Ford and a Chevy
Could still last ten years, like they should
Is the best of the free life behind us now?
Are the good times really over for good?

Stop rolling down hill
Like a snowball headed for Hell
Stand up for the Flag
And let's all ring the Liberty Bell

Let's make a Ford and a Chevy
Still last ten years like they should
The best of the free life is still yet to come
The good times ain't over for good





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  1. Elliott Hannam

    "when a girl could still cook and still would"



    Totally not sexist

  2. Elliott Hannam

    I miss the industrial revolution too Merle

  3. Peggy Shumar

    He was my parents greatest country artists...I love his music too ..great country artist...😊🎶🎸🎵

  4. Donnie Harris

    Merle wrote some of the best

  5. Scott Janz

    I got a fever and the only prescription is more tuba.........

  6. King Of Nothing

    If you love Merle Haggard like and the old school country like I do, may you like this one too! https://youtu.be/v7k79pbZfgY

  7. Ken Adams

    If you don't like this song You're Already Dead and just don't know it.......

  8. Johnnie Hooch

    can't go get crying drunk without "The Hag" can we???

  9. Kingston Hinks

    Aron Ra anyone?

  10. derek haha

    What would Merle have to say today? It is all still pretty relevant and should reach someone at some point. A classic...

  11. Jeremy Gayness

    My earliest memories of music are of his voice... Funny though I've seen that picture a million times but just noticed his pick is still on his fretboard which as a guitar player can't mean that he's actually playing in the picture. Pretty cool he probably did it intentionally.

  12. Elizabeth Newberry

    Sitting here in 2020 thinking about the old times i wish I lived back then I am going to be 34 in May. I am old soul.

    Scott Janz

    You're just a kiddo. LOL.

  13. Rosie 4

    There is always an appropriate time for a tuba in any song.

  14. Rusty Shackleford

    One of the greatest drinking songs

  15. Tony Bird

    Right now (2/12/2020) we are rolling up hill clawing our way back to where we were... soon a buck will be worth an oz of silver again, I predict probably on November 7th 2020.. God bless our country.. its a privilege to be here.

  16. Musicfan Hawk

    I love him! And love this picture of him ❤️

  17. Desiree Coad

    Hey y’all, pls pray for Des! I want to walk fast and get back in shape...🥰

  18. New Waver

    Incredible. Be glad you were alive when such a song was created.

  19. Justin Whitt

    Some of the best music ever. A few are carrying it on. Only a few.

  20. Bray Wolfe

    I'm with ya brother between pink Floyd and merle George and Hank Jr

  21. Jason Batson

    Outlaw western country music at its finest!

  22. burn woods

    i hope he isnt wrong

  23. juan soto

    Desearía que un dólar todavía fuera plateado
    I wish a buck was still silver

    Fue cuando el país era fuerte.
    It was back when the country was strong

    Antes de Elvis, antes de que llegara la guerra de Vietnam
    Back before Elvis, before Vietnam war came along

    Antes de los Beatles y ayer.
    Before the Beatles and yesterday

    Cuando un hombre todavía podría trabajar y aún lo haría
    When a man could still work and still would

    Es lo mejor de la vida libre detrás de nosotros ahora
    Is the best of the free life behind us now

    ¿Y los buenos tiempos han terminado para siempre?
    And are the good times really over for good?

    ¿Y estamos rodando cuesta abajo como una bola de nieve que se dirige al infierno?
    And are we rolling downhill like a snowball headed for hell

    ¿Sin ninguna posibilidad para la bandera o la campana de la libertad?
    With no kinda chance for the flag or the liberty bell?

    Deseo un Ford y un Chevy
    Wish a Ford and a Chevy

    Todavía duraría diez años como deberían
    Would still last ten years like they should

    Es lo mejor de la vida libre detrás de nosotros ahora
    Is the best of the free life behind us now

    ¿Y los buenos tiempos han terminado para siempre?
    And are the good times really over for good?

    Desearía que la coca cola todavía fuera cola
    I wish coke was still cola

    Y un porro era un mal lugar para estar
    And a joint was a bad place to be

    Fue antes de que Nixon nos mintiera a todos en la televisión.
    It was back before Nixon lied to us all on T.V

    Antes de hornos de microondas cuando una niña todavía podía cocinar, y todavía lo haría
    Before microwave ovens when a girl could still cook, and still would

    Es lo mejor de la vida libre detrás de nosotros ahora
    Is the best of the free life behind us now

    ¿Han terminado realmente los buenos tiempos?
    Are the good times really over for good?

    ¿Estamos rodando cuesta abajo como una bola de nieve que se dirige al infierno?
    Are we rolling downhill like a snowball headed for hell

    Sin ninguna posibilidad para la bandera o la campana de la libertad
    With no kinda chance for the flag or the liberty bell

    Deseo un Ford y un Chevy
    Wish a Ford and a Chevy

    Todavía duraría diez años como deberían
    Would still last ten years like they should

    Es lo mejor de la vida libre detrás de nosotros ahora
    Is the best of the free life behind us now

    ¿Y los buenos tiempos han terminado para siempre?
    And are the good times really over for good?

    Deja de rodar cuesta abajo como una bola de nieve que se dirige al infierno
    Stop rolling downhill like a snowball headed for hell

    Defiende la bandera y toquemos la campana de la libertad
    Stand up for the flag and let's all ring the liberty bell

    Hagamos un Ford y un Chevy
    Let's make a Ford and a Chevy

    Eso todavía duraría diez años como deberían
    That would still last ten years like they should

    Porque lo mejor de la vida libre aún está por venir
    'Cause the best of the free life is still yet to come

    Y los buenos tiempos no han terminado para siempre

  24. GhostDeltaElite

    2020...are the good times really over for good?

  25. Michael Thompson

    My favorite drinking song

  26. beernliqour for lunch

    Yep they sure are over.

  27. Billy Haverly

    If you don't like this song, the Constitution shouldn't apply to you.

  28. Barnes Barnes

    I love you Andy💕

  29. matthew pester

    About four thousand millennials stumbled upon this golden classic.

  30. I need a name

    2020.. sorry merle the good times are over.

  31. Michael Kayfes

    R. I. P. Country Music

  32. Justin Jones

    Most boring music of all time. Lyrics are great but the music and voice will put you to sleep

  33. Maria Taylor

    Country has roots, and they run deep. Somewhere nearest to the beginning of these roots, lie Haggard, Jennings, and Jones...

  34. I am canadian Pro life

    This should be presidents trump escalater ride song

  35. John Baker

    Back before trump lied to us all on TV

    dave bonilla

    The only people lying are the Democrats along with pencil neck Adam Schiff. Making a fool of himself on the Senate floor Impeachment trial.

  36. JACOB BREWER

    Classic.. the Beatles of county

  37. tanodtv K.S.A

    2020 country music reborn

  38. Caroline Apodaca

    I love the way his voice flows with the instruments ..🎼🎼🎼

  39. Bruhhh it's Jilly Beanz

    RIP Daddy..Condit B Overstreet 1947-2013

  40. Dan G

    Legendary🙏

  41. Dave Wollenberg

    RIP, Hag.

  42. Tracy Walden

    He was ahead of his time on lyrics 🙌🙌ttt24

  43. Sergio Haro

    Arriba donald trump

  44. CHESTER zimmerman

    sometimes this song just gets me when i think of how bad life goes

  45. dwaynefox44

    Old merle makes me think of my super hero. My grand daddy...

  46. Nathan Byrd

    Who is gonna listen to this in 2020

  47. servantofzardoz

    He left Dodge out of it but what's funny, I'm driving a 1984 Dodge truck today and will be for years. Been driving it for ten years and it had two previous owners. Maybe he doesn't take care of his shit. I like Fords and Chevys as well, maybe you should change the oil and sparkplugs when they say, and buy silver with petro dollars and quit bitchin. All in all I do love this song.

  48. Kingston Hinks

    Aron Ra anyone?

  49. Tracy Walden

    🇺🇸🙏

  50. Enrico Poochyena

    I gotta thank Rhett and Link for introducing me to Merle, fantastic artist.

  51. Daniel Kretsinger

    This is america, bitches.

  52. Jason Keith

    I love you Merle

  53. Stanley Haddad

    Love this song and it' meaning! It is the truth and our country has gone to shit. Go Trump.

  54. bob stock

    i have a 1964 chevy, n i drive it everyday

  55. James De Maesschalck

    i love this song, the best country ever

  56. Zed is Dead Baby

    "Before microwave ovens
    ,
    When a girl could still cook and still would."
    Merle is the fucking OG

  57. Bridger Morgan

    Wish old Hag was president

  58. murp h

    Probably could be considered as one of the great country songs EVER

  59. Leopoldo Hernández

    Pardon maa french ¡

  60. John Bentley

    What would Merl sing now re our country as it's being turned around via Pres Trump. MAGA! I'm
    see more respect for our VETS and soldiers under President Trump than
    I've seen from any President I remember. Love how he visits and honors
    our troops/vets at every opportunity to the chagrin of the liberal left.
    He put Navy Sec Spenser in place, firing him for dis-repecting a loyal
    Navy Seal. I believe George Jones along with Mighty Merl if alive would
    be singing a song to express the growing pride our fighting men have
    which they haven't had in years.

  61. OhMyGodMyName DoesNotFi

    Country fucking sucks ass.

    J Steel

    You suck ass.

  62. neal ruth

    No...NO THEY AIN'T . And the ones just ahead... they are worth fighting for.

    John Bentley

    Make America Great Again!

  63. Jenny Thompson

    The good times are over for good unfortunately 😭

    John Bentley

    When POTUS drains the swamp things will change

  64. Rick Cook

    Love the song but he could have left out degrading the United States President.

  65. Martha Bexley

    His words are so true!! Love God and Good Counrty Music!

  66. mason morris

    Sitting here drinking in my 96 F150. Old Ford's last more than 10 years like they should

  67. ReRe Jones

    I was born in the wrong time period that’s for sure!!! People have always told me I’m an old soul. I always said that if I get married. I want to take this song and play it and have a picture slideshow with it. Pictures of my family and neighbors from back when.
    💋❤️🙏🏻🔔🗽🦅🇺🇸💃🏻🙌

  68. Johnny Lovelis

    Besides george strait still making hits there's nothing country about music these days rip hag

  69. Elvis Presley

    The good times are over. Everybodies users and evil

    ReRe Jones

    Elvis Presley I sadly agree with you.💔😢

  70. Joshua Davies

    Semper Fi!

  71. Christie Odle

    Timeless ♥️ love me some Merle

  72. Terry Wilkerson

    Tonight it is just Merle, a bottle of rye, my cat, and me.

  73. Bon Scott rocks

    Way better than Post Malone

  74. jcc enterprisesllc

    Can't go forward with these milinals whining and crying about everything. Stand up for the flag and the liberty bell and go to work you whinny little POS 's!

  75. Wayne Neal

    Can you pick a better drinking song?!!

  76. Quentin Sehon

    "Only in "MURICA !" God have mercy on us all.

  77. Matthew Weddle

    I listened this song everytime I drink. I think then and only then is when it makes more sense. It's hard to explain but I understand this song when I'm drinking more when I'm not drinking.

  78. Troy Moon

    Takes me back home

  79. Real Country music

    I did this song on my channel. https://youtu.be/aUlRTP_aY5Q

  80. Oppie Taylor

    The protocols of the elders of Zion is the Truth

    Chris Gilliam Man Stuff

    Fake news.

  81. Daniel Beegan

    The good times died in 2008 when Obama was elected with the goal of turning America into a Third World shithole.

  82. Steven Rais

    I like haggard and all but he just sounds like a butthurt old white guy in this song

  83. john doe

    COUNTRY BOYS MAKE IT DONT FORGET THAT

  84. Kevin Lautzenheiser

    Back when country was county not hip hop with a twang

  85. Amie Johnson

    I can not like this song enough !

  86. Sam

    This is too depressing for me. I'll stick to NSYNC

  87. Jesse Perez

    I still am hooked on a Chevy truck and I know Ford is good too but I still wounder why why can't these companies live up to their names live proud as an American company and quit f****** around with the American people!!!!!!

  88. LancerJak

    Did Ron Swanson dance to this song at prom?

  89. Timothy Jackson

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Franklin_D._Roosevelt
    Thank a democrat for making the rich pay their fair share

    Timothy Jackson

    @J Steel haha you ignorant fuck I'm pretty sure the party of thieves is the one who built ghettos
    https://www.npr.org/2015/05/14/406699264/historian-says-dont-sanitize-how-our-government-created-the-ghettos

  90. Darrell Smith

    When I were a young man I would have never thought this country would be going in the direction that it is..........

  91. Jono Vision366

    Im feeling theyre over..all my friends just wanna stay home..nobody wants to givr all night anymore

  92. Andrew Callaway

    He aint lying about Ford and Chevy what the fuck happened to the quality of years ago....🤔

  93. Dan Scibek

    You said it all Merle.

  94. mj. rock

    good times never were never ever in this evil world.

  95. ty bradford

    yes...the good times have been gone for decades....the bolshivichs took over decades and decades ago but kept the illusion going on to sucker everyone in with that american dream bs. we are their cattle. we make them rich and richer and die in their wars in their quest for more riches.....

  96. Paul Hudson

    Ouch! Truth Hurts! Thx. Merle

  97. tim lines

    bough him a brad new 1957 chevy bowtie still kicking ass world wide.

  98. joshua Scott

    Drinking now

  99. CollectorOfMusic

    Dear Merle
    Your songs ring so true, then and even now. America is definitely rolling downhill like snowball headed for hell. You've probably rolled over in your grave a few times. It's kinda like God took you to a better place so you didn't have to witness the American tragedy that's going on today. Bless you for the music you left us, the new 'liberal' country music just doesn't have the same patriotic love for America that the legendary music once did.
    Signed
    The Fighting Side Of Me

  100. Scott Beckham

    If u don’t like this song u ain’t American