“Silver Wings” – Merle Haggard

This week for Song Lyric Sunday, Jim Adams has prompted us with Bird/Fly/Sky/Wing. Silver Wings, released in 1969, could be taken as a heartbreak song, but I was left behind because of military orders when my children were small. I want to dedicate this blog to all the men & women in uniform who have to leave their loved ones to do the job they signed up to do! This song is for those family members who watch them take off on the next airplane flight.

I was so excited to see this prompt, Jim. Thank you! I knew a couple of weeks ago when I saw it on your list that this would be the song selection for me. One of my all time favorite songs by Merle Haggard, much less ever! Merle had a rough life, self-inflicted mostly, but was quite the singer & songwriter.

Interesting fact: Merle passed away on his birthday at the age of 79 in 2016. It was a sad day! Learn more interesting facts here.

Chris Stapleton – Live at Berkeley – April 23, 2016

Silver wings
Shining in the sunlight
Roaring engines
Headed somewhere in flight
They're taking you away
And leaving me lonely
Silver wings
Slowly fading out of sight
Don't leave me, I cried
Don't take that airplane ride
But you locked me out of your mind
And left me standing here behind
Silver wings
Shining in the sunlight
Roaring engines
Headed somewhere in flight
They're taking you away
And leaving me lonely
Silver wings
Slowly fading out of sight
Silver wings
Shining in the sunlight
Roaring engines
Headed somewhere in flight
They're taking you away
And leaving me lonely
Silver wings
Slowly fading out of sight
Slowly fading out of sight
Source: LyricFind
Songwriters: Merle Haggard
Silver Wings lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

15 Comments on ““Silver Wings” – Merle Haggard

  1. Thanks bunches. ‘Tis a great way to start off a Sunday morning, listening to Merle, my all-time favorite singer. And though there are quite a few professional singers that attempt–for whatever their reasons–to pay a credible tribute to “The Hag,” their performances all fall short of success. So, from my point of view “The One and Only Merle Haggard” continues to remain an undeniable fact of life on The Third Rock.

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  2. I salute all who answer the call to serve–it is no small duty, and often the cost is HIGH (with a ripple effect). Thank YOU, Lisa ❤

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    • It’s easy for me to appreciate as I served and I was married before to a marine. It’s hard on everyone involved. The Marine Corps leaders would tell us they didn’t issue us kids. Duty came first. I got out because of my kids after 12 years. Kids come first!


      • Dad was Navy–demanded the household be run ship-shape, and treated us like inferior crew members, not children. In college I dated a serviceman very briefly…quickly realized I’d never make it in another regimented relationship. So imagine my surprise and horror when I married someone not remotely related to military, who was controlling and abusive. Goes to show, ya never know! I’m glad your kids came first–with 12 years in, you probably had a good pension earned, right?

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      • Dang! Sounds like the pan into the fire. No pension. Have do 20 or more to receive pension. It was a decision & not a hard one. My kids still grew up in a disciplined household with 2 marine parents. None went in except my youngest wanted too she has a medical issue that rejected her.


      • Absolutely from pan into fire–desperation, besides being young and stupid can be a direct route to hell on Earth…oh well. Bummer, about no pension–seems like you deserve something besides “the rich experience”. I’m sorry that a medical issue prevented your daughter from getting in. It’s interesting to me, the various motivations people give for joining the military.

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      • I was dared by my boy cousins that I grew up with. I’m 5’1”. Need I say more? They said I couldn’t make it through boot camp…much less in the marine corps. 💪 showed them! 🙂


      • Well good for YOU!!! I like your spirit–and gumption!!! I’m barely 5’1″ also…but nothing about the military attracted me. I did consider being a nun for awhile, after the divorce–I “interviewed” at a cloistered convent…talking to the Mother Superior through a cage-like partition was a bit scary. And I didn’t think I could give up make-up…nor did the hours suit me, I’m not a morning person! 🙂

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