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MAMA TRIED (Merle Haggard) Merle Haggard - 1968 Conway Twitty - 1968 The Everly Brothers - 1968 Freddie Hart - 1968 Ray Pillow - 1969 Joan Baez - 1970 David Blue - 1970 Ace Cannon - 1970 Albert Lee - 1970 The Buckaroos - 1971 Grateful Dead - 1971 Commander Cody & His Lost Planet Airmen - 1973 Hank Snow - 1974 Clive Gregson & Christine Collister - 1986 Terry Eldredge - 1992 Tony Carey - 1993 John Anderson - 1994 Old 97's - 1994 Reno Brothers - 1994 Jack Ingram - 1995 Roger Martin - 1995 Randy Travis - 1998 Langhorne Slim - 2001 Toby Keith - 2004 Joe Bonson & Coffee Run - 2005 The Millionaires - 2007 The Seldom Scene - 2007 Also recorded by: Reba McEntire; Percy Sledge; Willie Nelson; Bob Luman; Nitty Gritty Dirt Band; Forced Reality; Boxcar Willie; David Allan Coe; Vhris Fyfe; Dale Watson; Ron Shepard; Hess Family Bluegrass Band; Forced Reality; Jim Croce; Lee Sims & the Platte River Band .......and others. First thing I remember knowin' was a lonesome whistle blowin' And a young'uns dream of growin' up to ride On a freight train leavin' town, not knowin' where I'm bound And 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 Spite of all my Sunday learnin', toward the bad I kept on turnin' Till Mama couldn't hold me anymore I turned twenty-one in prison doin' life without parole No one could steer me right, but Mama tried, Mama tried Mama tried to raise me better, but her pleading I denied That leaves only me to blame 'cause Mama tried (Instrumental Break) Dear old Daddy rest his soul left my Ma a heavy load She tried so very hard to fill his shoes Workin' hours without rest, wanted me to have the best She tried to raise me right but I refused I turned twenty-one in prison doin' life without parole No one could steer me right, but Mama tried, Mama tried Mama tried to raise me better, but her pleading I denied That leaves only me to blame 'cause Mama tried

    


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