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Old 97's - Mama Tried Lyrics

  • Merle haggard, bluebook music (bmi)
  • First thing i remember knowin' was a lonesome whistle blowin'
  • And a young-on'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
  • One and only rebel child, from a family meek and mild
  • 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
  • Chorus:
  • 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
  • Dear old daddy rest his soul, he left my mom a heavy load
  • She tried so very hard to fill his shoes
  • Working hours without rest, she wanted me to have the best
  • She tried to raise me right, but i refused
  • Chorus

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