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Merle Haggard “Mamma Tried” Lyrics

Merle Haggard “Mamma Tried” Lyrics

Mamma Tried – Lyrics


Artist: Merle Haggard

Album: Mamma Tried (1968)

Songwriter: Merle Haggard

Total Time:  2:10

Structure:  V | V | CH | V | CH

Mamma Tried

VERSE
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.

VERSE
One and only rebel child,
From a family, meek and mild,
My Mama seemed to know what lay in store.
Despite my Sunday learning,
Towards the bad I kept turning,
‘Til Mama couldn’t hold me anymore.

CHORUS
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.

VERSE
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.

CHORUS
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.

 

Copyright © 1968 Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

 

SONG STATS

 

POV | Perspective:  1st Person | External

BPM:   95

Times Title In Song:  9

 

—–    WORD COUNTS    —–

 

Total Word Count:  200

1 Syllable Words: 124 (62%)

3+ Syllable Words:  8 (4%)

Difficult Words: 35 (18%)

Words 7+ Characters: 22 (11%)

Words <=3 Characters: 76 (38%)

Words Appearing Only Once:  103 (52%)

 

—–    EASY TO UNDERSTAND?    —–

 

Reading Ease Score:  78.0

Reading Level:  7th Grade

 

 

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