Branded Man (song)

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"Branded Man"
Haggard - Branded Man cover.jpg
Single by Merle Haggard
from the album Branded Man
B-side "You Don't Have Very Far to Go"
Released July 8, 1967
Format 7"
Genre Country
Length 3:07
Label Capitol
Writer(s) Merle Haggard
Producer(s) Ken Nelson
Merle Haggard singles chronology
"I Threw Away the Rose"
"Branded Man"
"Sing Me Back Home"

"Branded Man" is a song written and recorded by American country music artist Merle Haggard. It was released in July 1967 as the second single and title track from the album Branded Man. The song was Haggard's second number one on the country charts. The single stayed at number one for a single week and spent 15 weeks on the chart.[1] The song is about an ex-convict's fear of not being accepted by the outside world after being paroled.

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1967) Peak
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[2] 1


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book Of Top 40 Country Hits: 1944-2006, Second edition. Record Research. p. 146. 
  2. ^ "Merle Haggard – Chart history" Billboard Hot Country Songs for Merle Haggard.
Preceded by
"I'll Never Find Another You"
by Sonny James
Billboard Hot Country Singles
number-one single

September 2, 1967
Succeeded by
"Your Tender Loving Care"
by Buck Owens