Misery and Gin

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"Misery and Gin"
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Single by Merle Haggard
from the album Back to the Barrooms
B-side "No One to Sing For (But the Band)"
Released June 16, 1980
Recorded May 9, 1980
Genre Country
Length 2:45
Label MCA
Writer(s) Snuff Garrett
John Durrill
Producer(s) Snuff Garrett
Merle Haggard singles chronology
"Bar Room Buddies"
"Misery and Gin"
"I Think I'll Just Stay Here and Drink"

"Misery and Gin" is a song written by Snuff Garrett and John Durrill, and recorded by American country music artist Merle Haggard. It was released in June 1980 as the first single from the album Back to the Barrooms. "Misery and Gin" reached number 3 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart and peaked at number 4 on the Canadian RPM Country Tracks.[1]


The narrator discusses how he always ends up at the bar trying to drink away memories. The narrator goes on to say how the alcohol makes memories come back to haunt him.

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1980) Peak
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[2] 3
Canadian RPM Country Tracks 4


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book Of Top 40 Country Hits: 1944-2006, Second edition. Record Research. p. 148. 
  2. ^ "Merle Haggard – Chart history" Billboard Hot Country Songs for Merle Haggard.