Merle Haggard

Mamma Tried(Keyboard chords)

Merle Haggard

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First thing I remember knowin' was a lonesome whistle blowin' 
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And a young-on's dream of growing up to ride 
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On a freight train leaving town, not knowing where I'm bound 
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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' 
'Til Mama couldn't hold me anymore 

D G D And I turned twenty-one in prison doing life without parole Bm A7 No one could steer me right, but Mama tried, Mama tried D G D Mama tried to raise me better, but her pleading I denied, A7 D that leaves only me to blame, 'cause Mama tried
Dear old Daddy rest his soul, he 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 She tried to raise me right, but I refused CHORUS

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