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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
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
[D]And I turned twenty-one in prison doing [G]life without pa[D]role
No [G]one could steer me [D]right, but Mama tried, Mama [A7]tried
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
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

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