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Merle Haggard Wows Audience with “It’s Not Love (But It’s Not Bad)”

“It’s Not Love (But It’s Not Bad)” is a country song by Merle Haggard, released in 1972. The song was written by Hank Cochran and Mack Vickery.

The lyrics of “It’s Not Love (But It’s Not Bad)” explore the complexities of a relationship that may not be characterized by traditional romantic love but still holds a certain level of companionship and understanding. The narrator reflects on the imperfections of the relationship, acknowledging that it may not be the idealized version of love but finding value in what it is.

Merle Haggard’s soulful and emotive vocals are a defining feature of the song. The musical arrangement includes elements of traditional country, with steel guitar and fiddle, complementing Haggard’s distinctive vocal delivery.

“It’s Not Love (But It’s Not Bad)” became one of Merle Haggard’s successful hits, reaching No. 2 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart. The song’s relatable theme and Haggard’s sincere performance resonated with country music fans, contributing to its commercial success.

The song is often remembered as a classic example of Haggard’s ability to convey genuine emotion through his music and lyrics.

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