Merle Haggard's song "Branded Man" was the title track of his fourth studio album, released in 1967. It reached number one on the US country music charts in September of that year, marking the beginning of a streak of four consecutive number one hits for Haggard. The song tells the story of a man trying to rebuild his life after being released from prison but facing constant judgment and prejudice. Haggard emphasizes the stigma that follows him, even referring to himself as a branded man. The article includes the lyrics to the song and a video of Haggard's live performance.