Merle Haggard

Mama Tried

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The first thing I remember knowin'
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

A one and only rebel child
From a family meek and mild
My mama seemed to know what lay in store

In spite of all my Sunday learnin'
Towards 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
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


Writer/s: Merle Haggard

Mama Tried de Merle Haggard

This song appears in 19 albums


Live from Austin, TX: Merle Haggard
2015

22 All-Time Greatest Hits
2014

Country Outlaws
2012

Fightin' Side of Me
2012

Super Hits
2012

Vintage Collections: Merle Haggard
2010

17 Number 1's
2010

The Greatest Hits (Re-Recorded Versions), Vol. 2 - EP
2008

The Very Best of Merle Haggard
2007

Live from Austin, TX '85
2006

Mama Tried / Pride In What I Am (Remastered)
2006

40 Greatest Hits, Vol. 1 (Rerecorded Versions)
2004

20 Country No. 1's
2003

20 Greatest Hits
2002

24 All-Time Greatest Hits (Re-Recorded Versions)
2002

Prison
2001

16 Biggest Hits: Merle Haggard
1998

Down Every Road 1962-1994
1996

The Best of the Best of Merle Haggard
1972
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