Merle Haggard – Mama Tried

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Merle Haggard – Mama Tried Lyrics

The first thing i remember knowing, was a lonesome whistle blowing
And a young un’s dream of growing up to ride
On a freight train leaving town not knowing where i’m bound
No-one could change my mind but mama tried.

One and only rebel child from a family, meek and mild
My mama seemed to know what lay in store
Despite all my sunday learning towards the bad, i kept on turning
’til mama couldn’t hold me anymore.

And i turned twenty-one in prison doing life without parole.
No-one could steer me right but mama tried, mama tried.
Mama tried to raise me better, but her pleading, i denied.
That leaves only me to blame ‘cos mama tried.

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Dear old daddy, rest his soul, left my mom a heavy load
She tried so very hard to fill his shoes
Working hours without rest, wanted me to have the best
She tried to change me right but i refused.

And i turned twenty-one in prison doing life without parole
No-one could steer me right but mama tried, mama tried
Mama tried to raise me better, but her pleading, i denied
That leaves only me to blame ’cause mama tried…