Alabama, "Silver Wings"
This classic weeper from 1969's A Portrait of Merle Haggard speaks for itself, just a guy waxing poetic about the metal bird taking his ex away forever and, he admits, "slowly fading out of sight." Alabama wisely opted not to mess with a good thing. While Randy Owen strummed his acoustic guitar and sang the mournful lines, Teddy Gentry and Jeff Cook chimed in with lovely, ghostly harmonies, a delicate reminder that the best of Haggard's songs work beautifully with the simple approach. J.F.