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Mama Tried Chords

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#----------------------------------PLEASE NOTE---------------------------------#
#This file is the author's own work and represents their interpretation of the #
#song. You may only use this file for private study, scholarship, or research. #
#------------------------------------------------------------------------------##
From: TPLBA@aol.com
Date: Tue, 28 Jun 94 17:36:16 EDT
Subject: Haggard, Merle; Grateful Dead; Mama Tried.crd

Mama Tried
Merle Haggard


[Verse 1]

            D          G             D                G
First thing I remember knowin' was a lonesome whistle blowin'
      D                   G             A7
And a young-on's dream of growing up to ride
     D                     G         D                 G
On a freight train leaving town, not knowing where I'm bound
       D                   A7             D
And no one could change my mind, but Mama tried

            D          G             D                G
One and only rebel child, from a family meek and mild
      D                   G             A7
Mama seemed to know what lay in store
     D                     G         D                 G
'Spite of all my Sunday learnin', toward the bad I kept on turnin'
       D                   A7             D
'Til Mama couldn't hold me anymore


[Chorus]

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


[Verse 2]

            D          G             D                G
Dear old Daddy rest his soul, he left my mom a heavy load
      D                   G             A7
She tried so very hard to fill his shoes
            D          G             D                G
Working hours without rest, she wanted me to have the best
       D                   A7             D
She tried to raise me right, but I refused


[Chorus]

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
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dslider815 10 Dec 15, 2010 03:23 PM

This is how I play it too except for one thing...
When he say's "No one could steer me right" I play a B chord,
then the A before he says Mama Tried the second time,then back to the D when he says "Mama Tried to raise me better..." I don't know if that's right,but it sounds right.

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foofighter167 10 May 24, 2012 07:07 PM

The second G in the chorus is a Bm

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guy_with_a_guit 131 Sep 06, 2013 05:34 PM

CHORUS
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

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