Merle Haggard - The Old Rugged Cross Lyrics




On a hill far away stood an old rugged cross
The emblem of suffering and shame
And I love that old cross, where the dearest and best
For a world of lost sinners were slain

So I'll cherish the old rugged cross
Till my trophies at last I lay down
I will cling to the old rugged cross
And exchange it some day for a crown

To the old rugged cross I will ever be true
It's shame and reproach gladly bear
Then He'll call me some day to my home far away
Where His glory for ever I'll share

So I'll cherish the old rugged cross
Till my trophies at last I lay down
I will cling to the old rugged cross
And exchange it some day for a crown

In thee old rugged cross stained with blood so divine
A wondrous beauty I see
For twas on that old cross Jesus suffered and died
To pardon and sanctify me

So I'll cherish the old rugged cross
Till my trophies at last I lay down
I will cling to the old rugged cross
And exchange it some day for a crown





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  1. Blue Feather LF

    Thank you Amber. God bless you and that old rugged cross.

  2. Jean Ricketts

    His Ma was Godly Lady who raised a man of faith. He was Merle Haggard.

  3. Dwayne Burns

    We miss you Merle. Tell my Pop we miss him too.

  4. Mike Becker

    JESUS AMEN"."

  5. Norman Sawyer

    I do believe Merle is with our Lord right now. He always reminded me of a scoundrel I like to call me.

  6. Kenneth Mills

    Saved by sinless BLOOD and the WORD of HIS Testimony.

  7. Berit Samuelsson

    SÅ JÄTTEFINT

  8. Dawn Strydom

    LOVE HIM. RiP

  9. 異差虎武江戸

    Rest in peace...Merle.

  10. Edwin Slack

    my fathers favorite hymn he sang as a kid in methodist sunday school rip dad my hero

  11. Genea Maines

    My favorite of all ..bring wonderful memoriois of my dad singing to me as a child.

  12. JERRY HILL

    GOD BLESS YOU MERLE. GO TO THE LIGHT  MY OLD FRIEND , THERE GOD  HAS YOUR CROWNWAITING FOR YOU.WE LOVE YOU. J

  13. Rosa Rangel

    Thank you merle! MY LATE FIANCE AND I MET WHILE DANCEING TO YOUR MUSIC

  14. Bad Driver

    I miss you so, Rest in Peace , Merle, we shall see you soon!

  15. Jerry's Homestead

    everybody say Amen cuz we will see him again

    Nedra Bradley

    Jerry Logg amen

  16. Jerry's Homestead

    Happy Father's Day to all the deceased fathers and mine is 1 love you Dad

  17. Joyce archa

    There is only one Merle----forever.

  18. Richard Ansede

    I love Merle, the song and the meaning behind it.

    Yvon Bronkhurst

    Christmas Charles

  19. bakerXderek

    My grandma had this arranged to play at her funeral, and I sadly had to finally hear it...
    I love you Grandma

    Hendrik Mocke

    Hmmmm I'm Sorry And I Think I Know You Lol

  20. Mary Buchanan

    the most beautiful singing voice, I've ever heard, although this wasn't real easy to decide that his was the MOST beautiful, when I hear Randy Travis, Johnny Cash, Hank Williams SR., and George Jones, because all of these great singing voices run a pretty close race!

  21. Anthony Wayne Bailey

    rest in peace Merle

  22. Ricardo Gastmann

    ...touch me so deep in my soul...thanks...

  23. Paul Shenton

    Merle Ronald Haggard April 6, 1937 – April 6, 2016. No coincidence when the Lord is involved. The world is poorer with your passing. RIP Merle Haggard

    Roseanne Steffan

    Paul Shenton me

  24. Cousin Figel

    R.I.P. MERLE, THE LORD HAS CALLED YOU BACK HOME, THANK YOU FOR CONCERN FOR YOUR FELLOW MAN, , THERE WILL NOT BE ANOTHER LIKE YOU, COUSIN FIGEL

  25. Judi Harbin

    It was not the nails that held Christ to the cross, but His love for you and for me.

    rapier1954 Farrell

    Amen to that

    Heide Hilbert

    Judi Harbin amen

    Taco Man

    I love this comment, its so true. God bless.

  26. Lawabiding Citizen

    i dedicate this to my late uncle gene....you were my favorite uncle uncle gene

  27. Donna Bledsoe

    The most beautiful rendition I've ever heard

    Nedra Bradley

    Donna Bledsoe YES

  28. Nancy Daniel

    I love you Merle haggard. I know where you are. I am an okie also and cannot wait to see Jesus and my loved ones

  29. Jeanette McMaster

    The words are awesome.

  30. Ella Joyner

    Thank you, You Tube for all the music you put on compuers, Love it Ellie Joyner

  31. Lillian Massie

    love his Mom's prayer in Old Rugged Cross !

  32. Marshal Dillon

    dear Merle, your voice got me thru Viet Nam along with the prayers of my Momma. I will miss both of you. So on Mothers Day, thanks to you both. Momma Tried

  33. Jose Crane

    so good Merle

  34. Daniel Simpson

    Oh my.... what memories... It was this amazing singer that moved me to learn the song old rugged cross by heart  on my trumpet... I am remembering sitting and listening to this with my Grandma Simpson who passed Christmas night and now also Merle Haggard is gone as well.... Where is this world going, music alone has lost all Morales and respect.... Rest in peace Mr. Merle and may I ask, when you see my grandma Simpson and my Grandma Dedeaux, tell them I love and miss them so very much.... Also, theyd love to hear you sing and play!!!

  35. James Lovin

    may you rest in peace and prayers for yours until you unite again!

  36. flatroofer

    The very words I was about to write, RIP Merle.

  37. Huguette17

    Wowwwwwwwwwwwwww This is so beautiful, I had to share it on Facebook.

  38. Anthony Tidwell

    rip Merle haggard

  39. ran hen

    The GOAT is home= greatest of all time is home with our Father in Christ

  40. AMBER ROSE

    R.I.P. Merl Haggard~ His mama wrote the words and finished at aged 79. The first verse is as it was written but it's the spoken words of how HEAVEN might be written and spoken so heartfelt by Merle who loved his mama so. MERLE TOLD HIS SON BEN THAT HE WOULD DIE ON HIS BIRTHDAY, HIS 79th TO BE EXACT! The same age his mama wrote this BEAUTIFUL spoken verse for Merl to sing for BELIEVERS or NON-BELIEVERS! What a way to spend your BIRTHDAY. Walking through HEAVENS Gates with his precious MAMA WITH Arms wide open and holding him tight saying, "WELCOME HOME SON, WELCOME HOME"!

    Nedra Bradley

    AMBER ROSE amen

  41. Rose Miss

    Yes He did Merle! I do believe this is the BEST version of the Old Rugged Cross I have ever heard! You're getting your crown today! RIP We sure do love you and will miss you! I sure hope you had a great birthday up in heaven today!!!

  42. Mari Strong

    R.I.P. Merle you were an amazing singer and songwriter and a legend

  43. Steve Jackson

    R I P MERLE REST WELL YOU WILL BE TRULY MISSED !!!

  44. richard humphers

    RIP & GODSPEED MERLE!!!

  45. Patrick Brase

    GodSpeed my Friend, Enjoy those Golden Streets!

  46. Earth Mistress .Teyha

    Rest in Peace Merle Haggard
    Ironic

    DrDennis77

    +Earth Mistress .Teyha Amen sister.

  47. Betty Wimmer

    Merle, you are now in a place where you never grow old. May God Bless and give your family peace.

  48. david devita

    words by his mother on her 79th birthday. today is Merle's 79th birthday. WOW RIP

    Uppena Family

    david devita

    Debbie Young

    Old gospel funeral songs

  49. karyn c

    RIP Merle.

  50. Charles Gray

    Beautiful words by his mother

  51. BRENDA PERSIANNI

    I love Merlin he is one of the greatest so gers

    CashPresley32

    His name is Merle.

  52. MrDlfen721

    Thank God for praying Mothers. Mothers who loved wayward sons as Christ loves us...

    UNCONDITIONALLY...

    Lee Jones

    Thank God Almighty for praying mothers. God answered her prayers of 40 years for me to return to Christ. 9 years ago, He drew me back unto Him and I'm NEVER leaving. Praise God.

    Ronald Feeback

    Well said....

    Nedra Bradley

    Ronald Feeback amen

    Eric Van Zee

    This blessed my heart to read. I have a son who walked away and it about broke me. Now I am fighting that battle on my knees.

  53. Frank James

    Very touching and moving version.

  54. Hagfan789

    Interesting comments here...whatever...still a great song Merle. God Bless The Hag & his Mama.

  55. biggie d

    Best song he ever made in my opinion. He's got the voice for this song

  56. Paul

    Relief. Finally someone who enjoys the finer parts of life. Thanks Matthew, from your brother in the Lord, Paul.

  57. iwillrocknroll4eva

    Loved it! Oh what a voice! Thanks for sharing!

  58. dagny1207

    Great:-)