Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Okie From Muskogee - Torron Zorro

From Kansas to Oklahoma ... The brothers Mika and Turkka Mali (see earlier entry) recorded "Torron Zorro" (Zorro from Torro) in 1978 for their debut album "Runkomäen iltamat". The hilarious Finnish lyrics were made by Turkka Mali. Torro is a village near Forssa, where the brothers Mali originate from. The original song was called "Okie From Muskogee" and it was a huge country and cross-over hit for Merle Haggard in 1969. It was written by Haggard and Roy Edward Burris (drummer for Haggard's backing band, The Strangers) during the height of the Vietnam War. The song depicts small-town life, where conservative values were the norm. The singer states how proud he is to hail from Middle America, where its residents were patriotic, and didn't smoke marijuana, take LSD, wear beads and sandals, burn draft cards or challenge authority. Muskogee is a city in Muskogee County, Oklahoma. "Okie" is denoting a resident or native of Oklahoma. You can see Merle perform the "Okie" -song, here

Here's the pair:

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