Merle Haggard - Mama Tried lyric
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
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
Despite all my Sunday learning towards the bad, I kept on turning
'Til Mama couldn't hold me anymore.
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 'cos 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 change me right but I refused.
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...