Silver Wings Lyrics

Merle Haggard Vinyl Record Memories.


Merle Haggard vinyl record memories brings back his popular Silver Wings in this 1978 Austin City Limits performance.

Merle performed Silver Wings during his first appearance on the popular Austin City Limits.

When he stepped onto that stage in Austin, Texas for the first time in 1978 Merle was at the top of his game.

He had already been named Entertainer of the Year by both the Country Music Awards and Academy of Country Music in the same year (1970). His recent release of a tribute to the Best Damn Fiddle Player in the World (My Salute to Bob Wills), sparked a renewed interest in western swing.

With his band, the Strangers, it was no stretch to say that he had the best live show in country music.

Haggard recalled the story of this mournful song to the UK magazine Uncut: "It was written on a plane – a 707 coming out of Phoenix, Arizona going to LA with Bonnie Owens," he said. "I looked out and those silver wings were just gleaming. I thought, what a great title for a song."

I moved to a small town outside of Austin, Texas two years after he first sang this song on Austin City Limits.  If I had known he was going to be there I believe I would have moved two years earlier:-)


Silver Wings Lyrics | Why No Number One For This Great Merle Haggard Song?

Silver Wings was written by Haggard but was never released as a single.

The song was on the 1969 album "A Portrait Of Merle Haggard" and the album went to #3.

Two other songs off that album, "Workin' Man's Blues" and "Hungry Eyes" would both become #1 songs for Merle and were among several signature songs for Haggard.

Silver Wings has since become a Merle Haggard standard and a favorite at his concerts. See if you agree after watching this great Live performance from more than 40 years ago. 


Silver wings...Shining in the sunlight

Roaring engines...Headed somewhere in flight
They're taking you away...And leaving me lonely
Silver wings...Slowly fading out of sight

Don't leave me I cry...Don't take that airplane ride
But you've locked me out of your mind...And left me standing here behind

Silver wings...Shining in the sunlight
Roaring engines...Headed somewhere in flight
They're taking you away...And leaving me lonely
Silver wings...Slowly fading out of sight

Silver wings...Shining in the sunlight
Roaring engines...Headed somewhere in flight
They're taking you away...And leaving me lonely
Silver wings...Slowly fading out of sigh

Slowly fading out of sight....


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