I Can not Be Myself, a song written by Merle Haggard and recorded by Merle Haggard & The Strangers for the Capitol label, on July 9, 1970, at Capitol Recording Studio, 1750 North Vine Street, Hollywood, CA, in the recording participated: Red Lane (guitar), Roy Nichols (guitar), Bobby Wayne (guitar), Norman Hamlet (steel & dobro), Dennis Hromek (fender bass), Biff Adam (drums) and George French (piano). With the production by Ken Nelson, the single was released on October 10, 1970, on November 21, 1970, it reached number # 3 on the charts of US Hot Country Songs, it remained in the charts for a total of 16 weeks. In Canadian RPM Country Tracks, I reach number # 2 in the charts.
The song was included in the twelfth studio album of Merle Haggard and The Strangers, Hag (Capitol 1971), the album was released on April 22, 1971, on May 22, 1971, reached number # 1 on the charts of US Top Country Albums, for 4 weeks in a row, and remained in the charts for a total of 30 weeks.
Hag, was Haggard’s first album with a majority of original songs in two years, after two tribute albums (to Jimmie Rodgers and Bob Wills) and two live albums in 1969 and 1970. Although Hag did not hit # 1, yes It included three singles that went to number 3.
Hank Williams Jr. 1971 (MGM)
Steve Young 1976 (RCA)
Clinton Gregory 1990 (Step One Records)
Katy Moffatt 1994 (HighTone Records)
LeAnn Rimes 2011 (Curb Records)
Vince Gill & Paul Franklin 2013 (MCA)
Merle Haggard – I Can’t Be Myself Lyrics
It’s a way of mine to say just what I’m thinking
And to do the things I really want to do
And you want to change the part of me I’m proud of
So I can’t be myself when I’m with you
Oh you never liked the clothes I wear on Sunday
Just because I don’t believe the way you do
But I believe the Lord knows I’m unhappy
Cause I can’t be myself when I’m with you
I can’t be myself and be what pleases you
And down deep inside I don’t believe that you want me to
And it’s not my way to take so long deciding
That I can’t be myself when I’m with you