"Mama Tried" lyrics - WILLIE NELSON

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WILLIE NELSON lyrics - Mama Tried
WILLIE NELSON
"Mama Tried"

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
No one could change my mind but mama tried

One and only rebel child from a family meek and mild
My mama seemed to to know what lay in store
'Spite all my Sunday learnin' towards the bad I kept on turnin'
'Til 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

Dear ole' daddy, rest his soul left my mom a heavy load
She tried so very hard to feel 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
And that leaves only me to blame, 'cause mama tried
That leaves only me to blame, 'cause mama tried

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