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3. "Mama Tried"-Merle Haggard

Merle haggard Songs | 3.
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Perhaps the most humorous song on this list, "Mama Tried" is based on Merle Haggard's own relationship with his mother. Haggard's life changed forever when his father passed away while he was still a young child. The death of his father left a huge void in his life, a void that he filled with above average acts of rebellion.

Haggard's mama tried as hard as she could to turn him away from the destructive path he was on, but despite her best efforts, he ended up in prison. Years later, Haggard used his life story as a source of inspiration for "Mama Tried," which went on to become one of his signature songs.

In "Mama Tried," Haggard sings of how his mother never did anything but love him, yet "Her pleading I denied/That leaves only me to blame 'cause Mama tried."

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