I thought the tune was played on The Lawrence Welk Show, but then I remembered the show’s theme was Disney and that I couldn’t have fallen asleep faster to the alluring sounds of The Mickey Mouse Club Mambo.
What the hell?…
The tune in my head wouldn’t have fit the pattern. Merle Haggard would have set the set of the show on fire if his outlaw gem was in the same show as the Mickey Mouse Club Mambo.
No one could steer him right, but Mama Tried, Mama Tried…
If you check the playlist above, you’ll find some great renditions of the definitive outlaw song:
Merle Haggard’s (studio cut)
Grateful Dead at Woodstock
Everly Brothers on the Smothers Brothers Variety Show (What the F*CK?)
David Allen Coe (and if that ain’t country, you can kiss his a**)
Yeah, I’m finding Grateful Dead covers he’ll hum along too. His repressed outlaw is coming out.
The more I research for Book of Blues Prequel and the farther along I go in Plan B, the more I can’t escape the bond between Country & Western Outlaws and Blues leaders. I didn’t place “Mama Tried” in the Book of Blues – nearly a shame but for the fact I can put it in the Prequel, and perhaps the Blues Book Sequel. I think I know how I’d do it to.
But getting back to that Saturday night, as I hummed the chorus:
And I turned 21 in prison / doin’ life without paroleNo one could steer me right but mama tried, mama tried..