Cherokee Maiden

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"Cherokee Maiden" is a Western swing love song written by Cindy Walker. The title comes from a refrain in the chorus:

My little Cherokee Maiden, I love her so.
And though we're far apart,
I know I'll never be tradin' my love for her,
For anybody else's heart.

"Cherokee Maiden" became one of Walker's first hits when it was recorded by Bob Wills and The Texas Playboys in 1941 (OKeh 6568).[1]

It has been recorded numerous times since, topping the charts for Merle Haggard in 1976, and winning a Grammy in 2001 for Asleep At The Wheel.

Merle Haggard cover[edit]

"Cherokee Maiden"
Single by Merle Haggard and The Strangers
from the album The Roots of My Raising
B-side"What Have You Got Planned Tonight Diana"
ReleasedSeptember 6, 1976
Songwriter(s)Cindy Walker
Producer(s)Ken Nelson, Fuzzy Owen
Merle Haggard and The Strangers singles chronology
"Here Comes the Freedom Train"
"Cherokee Maiden"
"If We're Not Back in Love by Monday"

Merle Haggard and The Strangers recorded "Cherokee Maiden" in 1976 (Capitol 4326). It spent 11 weeks on the charts, reaching number one.[2]


The Strangers:

Chart history[edit]

Chart (1976) Peak
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[3] 1
Canadian RPM Country Tracks 1



  • Whitburn, Joel. The Billboard Book of Top 40 Country Hits. Billboard Books, 2006. ISBN 0-8230-8291-1

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