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    Mama Tried

    Merle Haggard

     

    Intro:  0 (4 measures)

     

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    The first thing I remember knowing,

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    Was a lonesome whistle blowing,

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    And a young un's dream of growing up to

      7

    ride

     

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    On a freight train leaving town,

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    Not knowing where I'm bound,

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    No one could change my mind but Mama

     0

    tried.

     

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    One and only rebel child,

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    From a family, meek and mild:

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    My Mama seemed to know what lay in

       7

    store.

     

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    Despite all my Sunday learning,

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    Towards the bad, I kept on turning.

            0                   7

    'Til Mama couldn't hold me

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    anymore.

     

    Chorus:

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    And I turned twenty-one in prison doing

    5                   0

    life without parole.

          9

    No one could steer me right but Mama

    7

    tried, Mama tried, Mama

      0

    tried to raise me better, but her

      7                 0

    pleading, I denied.  That leaves

    0                7

    only me to blame 'cause Mama

     0

    tried.

     

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    Dear old Daddy, rest his soul,

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    Left my Mom a heavy load;

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    She tried so very hard to fill his

       7

    shoes.

     

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    Working hours without rest,

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    Wanted me to have the best.

             0                           7

    She tried to raise me right but I

        0

    refused.

     

    Chorus


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