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Mama Tried  Merle Haggard

First thing [D]I remember [G]knowin' was a [D]lonesome whistle [G]blowin'
And a [D]young-on's dream of [G]growing up to [A7]ride
On a [D]freight train leaving [G]town, not [D]knowing where I'm [G]bound
And no [D]one could change my [A7]mind, but Mama [D]tried
[D]One and only [G]rebel child, [D]from a family [G]meek and mild
[D]Mama seemed to [G]know what lay in [A7]store
[D]'Spite of all my [G]Sunday learnin', [D]toward the bad I [G]kept on turnin'
[D]'Til Mama couldn't [A7]hold me any[D]more
[D]And I turned twenty-one in prison doing [G]life without pa[D]role
No [Bm]one could steer me right, but Mama tr[A]ied, Mama t[A7]ried
Mama [D]tried to raise me better, but her [G]pleading I den[D]ied,
that leaves only me to [A7]blame, 'cause Mama [D]tried

[D]Dear old Daddy [G]rest his soul, he [D]left my mom a [G]heavy load
She [D]tried so very [G]hard to fill his [A7]shoes
[D]Working hours [G]without rest, she [D]wanted me to [G]have the best
She tried to raise me [A7]right, but I re[D]fused


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