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Mama Tried

This song is by Grateful Dead and appears on the live album Grateful Dead (1971).

This song is a cover of "Mama Tried" by Merle Haggard.
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Mama Tried
The first thing I remember knowing
Was that lonesome whistle blowing
And a youngun's dream of growing up to ride
On a freight train leaving town
Not knowing where I was bound
No one could steer me right, but Mama tried

Was the only rebel child
From a family meek and mild
Mama seemed to know what lay in store
In spite of all my Sunday learning
For the bad I kept on turning
And Mama couldn't hold me anymore

And I turned twenty-one in prison
Doing 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 no one but me to blame, 'cause Mama tried

Dear old daddy, rest his soul
Left my mom a heavy load
She tried so very hard to fill his shoes
Working hours without rest
Wanted me to have the best
Oh, she tried to raise me right, but I refused

And I turned twenty-one in prison
Doing 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 no one but me to blame, 'cause Mama tried

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Merle Haggard

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