3 pages | PDF | 763.6 KB"Branded Man" is a powerful country-folk song composed and performed by celebrated singer-songwriter Merle Haggard. The song is written in the key of G major and E minor, and is set to 43 measures. The lyrics tell the story of a man who has been branded by society as a criminal, despite his hard work and innocent intentions. At the song's core is a call to recognize the common humanity we share with those branded as criminals, especially in light of the inequalities that exist in our world. With its passionate melody and deep moral message, "Branded Man" remains one of Merle Haggard's most beloved songs.