A Working Man Can't Get Nowhere Today

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A Working Man Can't Get Nowhere Today
Studio album by Merle Haggard
Released September 1977
Genre Country
Label Capitol
Producer Ken Nelson, Fuzzy Owen
Merle Haggard chronology
Ramblin' Fever
A Working Man Can't Get Nowhere Today
My Farewell to Elvis

A Working Man Can't Get Nowhere Today is an album by American country singer Merle Haggard, released in 1977. It reached Number 28 on the Country album chart. Even though Haggard had moved to the MCA label, Capitol created this release from tracks previously recorded in 1975 and 1976.


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars [1]
Robert Christgau A−[2]

Allmusic critic Eugene Chadbourne stated in his review: "This is one of this country legend's well thought-out combinations of hardcore traditional material from Hank Williams and the Delmore Brothers, combined with his own brilliant songwriting from some of his tried and true perspectives..."[1] Music critic Robert Christgau also rated the album highly, writing "These are powerful pieces whether you like them or not, rendered with passionate sympathy and a touch of distance—his strongest in years."[2]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "A Working Man Can't Get Nowhere Today" (Merle Haggard) – 2:55
  2. "Making Believe" (Jimmy Work) – 3:02
  3. "Blues Stay Away from Me" (Alton Delmore, Rabon Delmore, Henry Glover, Wayne Raney) – 2:16
  4. "Got a Letter from My Kid" (Alex Kramer, Joan Whitney, Hy Zaret) – 2:29
  5. "When My Last Song Is Sung" (Haggard) – 1:58
  6. "Moanin' the Blues" (Hank Williams) – 2:03
  7. "Goodbye Lefty" (Haggard) – 2:39
  8. "Blues for Dixie" (O. W. Mayo) – 2:40
  9. "Running Kind" (Haggard) – 3:00
  10. "I'm a White Boy" (Haggard) – 2:05

Chart positions[edit]

Year Chart Position
1977 Billboard Country albums 28


  1. ^ a b Eugene, Chadbourne. "A Working Man Can't Get Nowhere Today > Review". Allmusic. Retrieved July 2, 2011. 
  2. ^ a b Christgau, Robert. "A Working Man Can't Get Nowhere Today > Review". Robert Christgau. Archived from the original on 3 July 2011. Retrieved July 2, 2011.