“Someday When Things are Good”
Written by Merle Haggard and Leona Williams
#1 (1 week)
June 9, 1984
The tail end of Merle Haggard’s marriage to Leona Williams leads to another No. 1 hit.
“Someday When Things are Good” is bitter on the page, though Haggard’s heartfelt vocal tempers it on the record. This is a man promising to leave his wife once things get better.
A cynical reading suggests he’s biding his time until he doesn’t need her anymore. A warmer view suggests that he loves her so much that he’ll set her free once circumstances are better, because she’s the one trapped by the bad times.
It must have been an incredibly intense writing session for husband and wife, and Haggard is especially vulnerable on this one. The way his voice trembles on the final line lingers in the memory.
Another highlight from his remarkable eighties run.
“Someday When Things are Good” gets an A.
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