Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard sing Dylan

by: Jay Boller

In recent years, the Hag and Dylan got into a weird beef — it seems Dylan felt slighted by Merle in the ’60s — but Dylan squashed it via his website:

“I wasn’t dissing Merle, not the Merle I know. What I was talking about happened a long time ago, maybe in the late ’60s. Merle had that song out called ‘Fighting Side of Me’ and I’d seen an interview with him where he was going on about hippies and Dylan and the counterculture, and it kind of stuck in my mind and hurt, lumping me in with everything he didn’t like. But of course times have changed and he’s changed too … He’s a complete man and we’re friends these days. We have a lot in common.”

Haggard agreed.

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