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  1. SubscriberFMF
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    07 Apr '16 00:04
    The first thing I remember knowing
    Was a lonesome whistle blowing
    And a young'un's dream of growing up to ride
    On a freight train leaving town
    Not knowing where I'm bound
    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
    Despite all my Sunday learning
    Towards the bad I kept on turning
    Till 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 only 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
    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 only me to blame 'cause Mama tried

    Mama Tried - Merle Haggard 1968

    Hands up if this song just sums up your life as you've lived it, either literally or metaphorically.
  2. Standard memberchaney3
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    07 Apr '16 00:33
    Originally posted by FMF
    The first thing I remember knowing
    Was a lonesome whistle blowing
    And a young'un's dream of growing up to ride
    On a freight train leaving town
    Not knowing where I'm bound
    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
    Despite all my Sunday learning
    Towards t ...[text shortened]... s up if this song just sums up your life as you've lived it, either literally or metaphorically.
    Good post FMF. I saw the news today that Merle Haggard had died, and in the news article had read that 'Mama Tried' was one of his best songs. I don't know Haggard's music or songs that well, and will admit that I have avoided googling the lyrics to this particular song because I was certain that the message would probably have made me cringe a bit. How ironic that I would stumble upon it anyway in this forum.

    I have shared that my Mother has passed away, and every single day since, I look to the Heavens and admit to her that I could have been a better son. My 'Mama' certainly did try.

    Thanks for posting the lyrics to that particular song. I suppose I needed to read them.
  3. Subscribersonhouse
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    07 Apr '16 11:19
    Originally posted by chaney3
    Good post FMF. I saw the news today that Merle Haggard had died, and in the news article had read that 'Mama Tried' was one of his best songs. I don't know Haggard's music or songs that well, and will admit that I have avoided googling the lyrics to this particular song because I was certain that the message would probably have made me cringe a bit. How i ...[text shortened]... try.

    Thanks for posting the lyrics to that particular song. I suppose I needed to read them.
    Speaking of where I'm bound:

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