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Merle Haggard performs "The Legend of Bonnie and Clyde".

Merle Haggard performs "The Legend of Bonnie and Clyde".

"The Legend of Bonnie and Clyde'" is a song written by American country music artists Merle Haggard and Bonnie Owens and performed by Haggard and The Strangers. It was released in January 1968 as the first single and title track from the album The Legend of Bonnie and Clyde. The song was Haggard and The Strangers fourth number one on the U.S. country singles chart. The single spent two weeks at number one and a total of 14 weeks on the country chart.

The song is a condensed biography of the famed outlaw duo Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow, starting from the time they met to their violent death in an ambush.

Merle Haggard - The Legend of Bonnie & Clyde Lyrics

 

Bonnie was a waitress in a small cafe

Clyde Barrow was the rounder that took her away

They both robbed and killed until both of them died

So goes the legend of Bonnie and Clyde

The poems that she wrote of the life that they led

Told of the lawmen left dying or dead

Some say that Clyde made her life a shame

But the legend made Bonnie the head of the game

The rampage grew wilder with each passing day

The odds growing smaller with each getaway

With the end growing closer, the harder they fought

With blood on their hands, they were bound to get caught

They drove back from town on one bright summer day

When a man they befriended stepped out in the way

With no thought of dyin' they pulled to the side

But death lay there waiting for Bonnie and Clyde

Two years or runnin' was ended that day

For robbin' and killin' they both had to pay

But we'll always remember how they lived and died

So goes the legend of Bonnie and Clyde


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