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Randy Travis' Amazing Rendition Of Merle Haggard's 'Mama Tried' (WATCH)

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Randy Travis' rendition of Merle Haggard's classic, "Mama Tried" has left us speechless! 

"Mama Tried" was released in 1968 from Merle's album of the same name, Mama Tried. The song was a huge success, and has since become one of Merle's signature songs. "Mama Tried" hit #1 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart and won the Grammy Hall of Fame Award in 1999. Is there anything that Merle can't do?!

In 1998, the album titled, A Tribute to Tradition was released as a compilation of covers of famous songs sung by legendary country artists. One of the many amazing tracks on the album was Randy Travis' cover of Merle's "Mama Tried". The cover blew us away, and we're pretty sure that even Merle would be impressed!

Check out the video to hear Randy's cover and you'll be glad you did!

Lyrics

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

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