Tim McGraw & Chris Janson Cover Merle Haggard’s “Mama Tried”

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Watch country music entertainer Tim McGraw team up with Chris Janson to cover country legend Merle Haggard's classic hit "Mama Tried."

It is no secret that country music star Tim McGraw loves to sing his own version of other singers’ popular songs. While on his Soul2Soul Tour with his lovely wife, Faith Hill, the star went big and covered Merle Haggard’s “Mama Tried” alongside fellow country music standout Chris Janson. The “Buy Me A Boat” singer also attempted to channel his inner Merle Haggard in this wonderful cover. And if two country music singers weren’t enough, 61-year-old Mark Collie jumped in the performance and took a line of his own. After the song was over, McGraw yelled, “Thank God for country music!” I think we can all agree on that one.

Check out their full cover below…

“Mama Tried” 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

Though the Soul2Soul Tour wrapped up last week, fans can experience it again thanks to Showtime Networks! The concert special, aptly titled Tim & Faith: Soul2Soul, will broadcast on Friday, November 17th at 9 p.m. ET/PT via SHOWTIME (on-air, on demand, and over the internet).

The special was shot over the summer in the United States during their current tour stint. The tour documentary includes live performances from their Soul2Soul tour, as well as unprecedented access to Tim and Faith, with never before seen interviews and behind the scenes footage capturing their unmatched chemistry on and off the stage.

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