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Mama Tried lyrics and chords

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Mama Tried
Written and recorded by Merle Haggard

G                          C             G                C
The first thing I remember knowing was a lonesome whistle blowing
      G                  C             D7
And a youngun's dream of growing up to ride
     G                     C         G                 C
On a freight train leaving town  not knowing where I'm bound
    G                      D7            G
And no one could change my mind but Mama Tried
                   C            G               C
One and only Rebel child from a family meek and mild
   G              C                D7
My mama seemed to know what lay in store
      G             C                 G             C
Spite all my Sunday learning with the bad I kept on turning
     G             D7         G
Till mama couldn't hold me anymore
                                        C            G
And I turned twenty-one in prison doing life without parole
No one could steer me right but Mama Tried  Mama Tried
     G                                C            G
Mama Tried to raise me better but her pleading I denied
                           D7               G
And that leaves only me to blame cause Mama Tried
                          C            G           C
Dear ole' daddy  rest his soul left my mom a heavy load
    G             C                D7
She tried so very hard to feel his shoes
        G             C            G              C
Working hours without rest  wanted me to have the best
    G                 D7            G
She tried to raise me right but I refused
Repeat chorus


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