Jack Ingram - Mama Tried Lyrics

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The first thing I remember knowin' was a lonesome whistle blowin',
And a youngin'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.
One and only rebel child from a family meek and mild
My mama seemed to to know what lay in store,
'Spite all my Sunday learnin' towards the bad I kept on turnin',
'Till Mama could not hold me anymore.

[Chorus]
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
And that leaves only me to blame, 'cause Mama tried

Dear ole' Daddy, rest his soul left my mom a heavy load,
She tried so very hard to feel his shoes,
Workin' hours without rest, she wanted me to have the best
She tried to raise me right but I refused.

[Chorus: x2]

And that leaves only me to blame, 'cause Mama tried.
Track Listing
CD 1
  • 1 Beat Up Ford
  • 2 Sight Unseen
  • 3 Make My Heart Flutter
  • 4 Beyond My Means
  • 5 Mama Tried
  • 6 A Song for Amy
  • 7 Things Get Cloudy
  • 8 The Fisherman
  • 9 Me and You
  • 10 Drive On
  • 11 Pick Up the Tempo
  • 12 Road Goes on Forever


  • Credits
    publisher: ©Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
    writers: Merle Haggard
    album: Track 5 in album Jack Ingram
    release date:
    popularity : 78 users have visited this page.
    length: 2:58
    Album Information
    format: CD
    script: Latin