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Mama Tried

In the style of

Merle Haggard

Lyrics

first thing
i remember knowin'
was a lonesome
whistle blowin'
and a youngun's dream
of growin' up to ride

on a freight train
leavin' town
not knowin'
where i'm bound
no one could
change my mind
but mama tried

the one and only
rebel child
from a family
meek and mild
my mama
seemed to know
what lay in store

despite all my
sunday learnin'
with the bad i
kept on turnin'
till 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
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

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

Details

  • Duration : 2:10
  • Key : D
  • Genre : Country
  • Year released : 1968
  • Language : English

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