Mama Tried
Written by Merle Haggard
Chord-chart by Lynn Lewis




- |G / C The first thing I re-member knowing, / |G / C Was a lonesome whistle blowing, / |G / / / |D / / And a young-un's dream of growing up to ride, / |G / C / On a freight train leaving town, |G / C / Not knowing where I'm bound, |G / D / |G / / 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 on turning, 'til Mama couldn't hold me anymore.


/ |G / / / |C / / / And I turned twenty-one in prison doing life with-out pa-role, |Em / / / |D / / / No-one could steer me right but Mama tried, Mama tried, |G / / / |C / G Mama tried to raise me better, but her pleading I de-nied, / |D / / / |G / / / | 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, Wanting me to have the best, She tried to raise me right but I refused.


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