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The Way It Was In '51

This song is by Merle Haggard and appears on the album The Way It Was In '51 (1978) and on the compilation album 18 Rare Classics (1991).

Sixty six was still a narrow two-lane highway
Harry Truman was the man who ran the show
The bad Korean war was just beginning
And I was just three years too young to go
Country music hadn't gone to New York City yet
And a service man was proud of what he'd done
And Hank and Lefty crowded ev'ry jukebox
That's the way it was in fifty one

There's so much about the good old days I'd love to tell
And there's folks around I know still remember well
Slow dancin' close together when a ballad played
'Cause a thing called Rock and Roll was yet to come
It was a big year for a drive-in rest'rant carhop
That's the way it was in fifty one

There's so much about the good old days I'd love to tell
And there's folks around I know still remember well
Slow dancin' close together when a ballad played
'Cause a thing called Rock and Roll was yet to come
A big year for a drive-in rest'rant carhop
That's the way it was in fifty one

Yeah, Hank and Lefty crowded ev'ry jukebox
Oh Lord, that's the way it was in fifty one

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Merle Haggard

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