Mama Tried Lyrics

Merle Haggard


publisher: ©Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
writers: Merle Haggard
album: Track 8 in album Golden Classics: 23 Classic Tracks
release date: 1996-8-6
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length: 2:11

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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 my Sunday learning,
Towards the bad, I kept turning.
'Til Mama couldn't hold me anymore.

And I turned twenty-one in prion doing life without parole.
No-one could steer me right but Mama tried, Mama tried.
Mama tried to aise 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.
Working hours without rest,
Wanted me to have the best.
She tried to raise me right but I refused.

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.


Track Listing


CD 1
  • 1 (My Friends Are Gonna Be) Strangers
  • 2 Swinging Doors
  • 3 The Bottle Let Me Down
  • 4 I'm a Lonesome Fugitive
  • 5 I Threw Away the Rose
  • 6 Branded Man
  • 7 Sing Me Back Home
  • 8 Mama Tried
  • 9 Hungry Eyes
  • 10 Workin' Man Blues
  • 11 Okie from Muskogee
  • 12 The Fightin' Side of Me
  • 13 Daddy Frank (The Guitar Man)
  • 14 Carolyn
  • 15 It's Not Love (But It's Not Bad)
  • 16 Everybody's Had the Blues
  • 17 If We Make It Through December
  • 18 Things Aren't Funny Anymore
  • 19 Always Wanting You
  • 20 It's All in the Movies
  • 21 I'm Always on a Mountain When I Fall
  • 22 I Think I'll Just Stay Here and Drink
  • 23 Today I Started Loving You Again