Who Sang Mama Tried? The Everly Brothers

Release information
Release Date: 1968
Genre: Rock Folk, World, & Country
Style: Country/Country Rock
length: 2:19
First thing I remember knowin' was a lonesome whistle blowin'
And a young'uns 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 know what lay in store
Spite of all my Sunday learnin', toward the bad I kept on turnin'
Till Mama couldn't hold me anymore

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
That leaves only me to blame 'cause Mama tried

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

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
That leaves only me to blame 'cause Mama tried

Tracklist
Vinyl 1
  • 1 Introduction: The Everly Family (1952)
  • 2 Mama Tried
  • 3 Less of Me
  • 4 T for Texas (Blue Yodel No. 1)
  • 5 I Wonder If I Care as Much
  • 6 Ventura Boulevard
  • 7 Shady Grove
  • 8 Illinois
  • 9 Living Too Close to the Ground
  • 10 You Done Me Wrong
  • 11 Turn Around
  • 12 Sing Me Back Home
  • 13 Montage: The Everly Family (1952) / Shady Grove / Kentucky