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Mama Tried

Song Author Merle Haggard Lyrics by: Merle Haggard Performer: Merle Haggard Submitted by: Anonymous
[G]The first thing I remember [C]knowing was a [G]lonesome whistle [C]blowing
And a [G]youngun's dream of [C]growing up to [D7]ride   
On a [G]freight train leaving [C]town  not [G]knowing where I'm [C]bound
And [G]no one could change my [D7]mind but Momma [G]Tried

One and only Rebel [C]child from a [G]family meek and [C]mild
My [G]momma seemed to [C]know what lay in [D7]store
Spite [G]all my Sunday [C]learning with the [G]bad I kept on [C]turning
Till [G]momma couldn't [D7]hold me any[G]more

And I turned twenty-one in prison doing l[C]ife without p[G]arole
No one could steer me right but Momma [D7]Tried  Momma Tried
Momma [G]Tried to raise me better but her [C]pleading I de[G]nied
And that leaves only me to [D7]blame cause Momma [G]Tried

Dear ole' daddy  rest his [C]soul left my [G]mom a heavy [C]load
She [G]tried so very [C]hard to feel his [D7]shoes
Working [G]hours without [C]rest  wanted [G]me to have the [C]best
She [G]tried to raise me [D7            g]right but I refused

And I turned twenty-one in prison doing l[C]ife without p[G]arole
No one could steer me right but Momma [D7]Tried  Momma Tried
Momma [G]Tried to raise me better but her [C]pleading I de[G]nied
And that leaves only me to [D7]blame cause Momma [G]Tried

The first thing I remember knowing was a lonesome whistle blowing
And a youngun'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 Momma Tried

One and only Rebel child from a family meek and mild
My momma seemed to know what lay in store
Spite all my Sunday learning with the bad I kept on turning
Till momma couldn't hold me anymore

And I turned twenty-one in prison doing life without parole
No one could steer me right but Momma Tried  Momma Tried
Momma Tried to raise me better but her pleading I denied
And that leaves only me to blame cause Momma Tried

Dear ole' daddy  rest his soul left my mom a heavy load
She tried so very hard to feel his shoes
Working hours without rest  wanted me to have the best
She tried to raise me [D7            G]right but I refused

And I turned twenty-one in prison doing life without parole
No one could steer me right but Momma Tried  Momma Tried
Momma Tried to raise me better but her pleading I denied
And that leaves only me to blame cause Momma Tried

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