Roger Miller performs “Dang Me” Live On Hee Haw.

The song reached the number # 1 on the charts of U.S Hot Country Songs, for 6 weeks in a row, maintaining 25 weeks in the charts. On the Canadian RPM Country Tracks charts, I reach number # 3.

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Dang Me:

Single cover Roger Miller ( Smash 1964 )
Single cover Roger Miller ( Smash 1964 )

Dang Me, a song written and recorded by Roger Miller for the Smash label, was recorded on January 11, 1964, at Columbia Recording Studio, 804 16th Ave. South, Nashville, TN. Roger was accompanied by the following session musicians: Ray Edenton and Harold Bradley (guitars), Hargus “Pig” Robbins (piano), Bob Moore (bass) and Buddy Harman (drums). With the production of Jerry Kennedy, the single was released on May 11, 1964, on July 18, 1964, reached the number # 1 on the charts of U.S Hot Country Songs, for 6 weeks in a row, maintaining 25 weeks in the charts. On the Canadian RPM Country Tracks charts, I reach number # 3. With this song Roger also entered into pop charts, reaching number # 7. It was the first number one of Roger’s career.

The song was included in his debut album, Roger and Out (Smash 1964), the album was released in May 1964, reaching number # 3 on the charts of U.S Top Country Albums, the album was certified gold in the USA.

In 1964 Roger with this song, won the Grammy Award for Best Country & Western Song.

Story behind the song:

Miller, in his official biography, recalled writing the song in four minutes in a hotel room in Phoenix, Arizona. Johnny Cash in his last important interview would claim that Miller wrote the song in Joshua’s tree (what?) In California when Miller got out of the car with pencil and paper to write the song. Cash asked Miller what he was doing, to which Miller replied, “I’m writing a song, you can not come, look.”
The song appears in a movie or tape, Miller interprets it, along with other songs, in the 1966 concert film The Big T.N.T. Show, and as part of a combination of final numbers in the third season, episode # 21, of The Muppet Show in 1979.

With this song, Roger Miller not only scored his first number one hit with the song “Dang Me”, but also established his personality, establishing him as more than a great songwriter and singer. He would make his mark as a humorist. In turn, it would lead to many blows to come. At the time of the release of the song, it was the most popular album that there is as much for the country as for pop.

Lp cover Roger Miller ( Smash 1964 )
Lp cover Roger Miller ( Smash 1964 )

Some versions:

Johnny Rivers 1964 (United Artists Records)
Buck Owens & His Buckaroos 1964 (Capitol)
Harvey Frolic 1964 (Hit Records)
Bonny Bond 1965 (Stereo Fidelity)
Swinging Five 1965 (Music Corner)
Sammy Davis Jr. 1967 (Reprise Records)
Jim Ed Brown 1968 (RCA)
Eugene Chadbourne 1980 (Parachute)
Rhett Miller 2003 (Verve Forecast)
Toby Keith 2017 (Show Dog)

Roger Miller – Dang Me Lyrics

Well, here I sat high, getting ideas
I ain’t nothing but a fool to live like this
Out all night, and running wild
Woman sitting home with a month old child
So

So Dang me, Dang me
They ought to take a rope and hang me
High, from the highest tree
Woman would you weep for me
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One More
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Just sitting round drinking with the rest of the guys
Six rounds bought, and I bought five
Spent the groceries and half the rent
Like 14 dollers and 27 cents

So Dang me, Dang me
They ought to take a rope and hang me
High, from the highest tree
Woman would you weep for me
BeupBeupBeupBeupBeupBeupBuem
One More
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They say roses are red, and violets are purple
Sugars sweet and so is maple suprple
But I’m the seventh out of the seven sons
My pappy was a pistol, I’m a son of a gun

So Dang me, Dang me
They ought to take a rope and hang me
High, from the highest tree
Woman would you weep for me
BeupBeupBeupBeupBeupBeupBuem
One More
BeupBeupBeupBeupBeupBeupBuem

Single Roger Miller ( Smash 1964 )
Single Roger Miller ( Smash 1964 )

Miquel Batlle
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