Mama Tried by Merle Haggard lyrics and chords

Mama Tried is one of the most popular songs of the time. Mama Tried lyrics written by Merle Haggard. This song has sung by merle Haggard

SingerMerle Haggard
AlbumMama Tried
Released1968
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Mama Tried by 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
And no one could change my mind, but Mama tried

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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
Till Mama couldn’t hold me anymore

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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

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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 raise me right, but I refused

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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

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The first thing I remember knowing was a lonesome whistle blowin’

And a young un’s dream of growin’ up to ride

On a freight train leavin’ town, not knowin’ where I’m bound

And 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

‘Spite of all my Sunday learnin’, toward the bad I kept on turnin’

‘Til Mama couldn’t hold me anymore

And I turned twenty-one in prison doin’ 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

Dear old Daddy, rest his soul, he left my mom a heavy load

She tried so very hard to fill his shoes

Workin’ hours without rest, wanted me to have the best

She tried to raise me right, but I refused

And I turned twenty-one in prison doin’ 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

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