Mama Tried

Merle Haggard

 DGDG
First thing I remember knowin' was a lonesome whistle blowin'
 DGA7
And a young-on's dream of growing up to ride
 DGDG
On a freight train leaving town, not knowing where I'm bound
 DA7D
And no one could change my mind, but Mama tried

 DGDG
 One and only rebel child, from a family meek and mild
 DGA7
 Mama seemed to know what lay in store
 DGDG
 'Spite of all my Sunday learnin', toward the bad I kept on turnin'
 DA7D
 'Til Mama couldn't hold me anymore

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 DGD
 And I turned twenty-one in prison doing life without parole
 BmAA7
No one could steer me right, but Mama tried, Mama tried
 DGD
Mama tried to raise me better, but her pleading I denied,
 A7D
that leaves only me to blame, 'cause Mama tried

 DGDG
 Dear old Daddy rest his soul, he left my mom a heavy load
 DGA7
She tried so very hard to fill his shoes
 DGDG
 Working hours without rest, she wanted me to have the best
 A7D
She tried to raise me right, but I refused

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