Momma Tried

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Merle Haggard

Merle Ronald Haggard (born April 6, 1937) is an American country music song writer, singer, guitarist, fiddler and instrumentalist. Along with Buck Owens, Haggard and his band The Strangers helped create the Bakersfield sound, which is characterized by the unique twang of Fender Telecaster and the … more »

The first thing I remember knowin' was a lonesome whistle blowin',
And a youngun's 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 Momma Tried.

One and only Rebel child from a fam'ly meek and mild
My momma seemed to to know what lay in store, 
'Spite all my Sunday learnin' towards the bad I kept on turnin', 
'Til momma couldn't hold me anymore.

And I turned twenty-one in prison doin' life without parole, 
No one could steer me right but Momma Tried, Momma Tried 
Momma Tried to raise me better but her pleading I denied 
And that leaves only me to blame, cause Momma Tried

Dear ole' daddy, rest his soul left my mom 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.

And I turned twenty-one in prison doin' life without parole, 
No one could steer me right but Momma Tried, Momma Tried 
Momma Tried to raise me better but her pleading I denied 
And that leaves only me to blame, cause Momma Tried

Written by: MERLE HAGGARD

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