Old 97's - Mama Tried Lyrics

Old 97's Hitchhike to Rhome cover art
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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]
Track Listing
CD 1
  • 1 St. Ignatius
  • 2 504
  • 3 Drowning in the Days
  • 4 Miss Molly
  • 5 Dancing With Tears
  • 6 4 Leaf Clover
  • 7 Wish the Worst
  • 8 Old 97's Theme
  • 9 Doreen
  • 10 Hands Off
  • 11 Mama Tried
  • 12 Stoned
  • 13 If My Heart Was a Car
  • 14 Desperate Times
  • 15 Ken's Polka Thing


  • Credits
    publisher: ©Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
    writers: Merle Haggard
    album: Track 11 in album Hitchhike to Rhome
    release date: 1994-11-1
    popularity : 66 users have visited this page.
    genres: Rock Folk, World, & Country
    styles: Country Rock
    length: 2:30
    Album Information
    label: Big Iron Records
    country(area): United States
    format: CD
    barcode: 773923036271
    script: Latin