The Grateful Dead covered the song regularly, playing it over times live throughout their career, including at Woodstock. It won the Grammy Hall of Fame Award in , and was selected for preservation in the National Recording Registry due to its "cultural, historic, or artistic significance" on March 23, , just 14 days before Haggard's death. The words Mama Tried —referring to the song—are shown on Miranda Lambert 's shirt in several scenes of the music video Kerosene. Billboard Hot Country Singles . In the 2nd series of the UK television series Survivors , the song is often played and sung by truck driver Billy Stringer. In "Mama Tried", Haggard focuses on the pain and suffering he caused his own mother by being incarcerated in in San Quentin.
Anya. Age: 22.
Additionally, Allmusic writer Bill Janovitz notes Haggard's lyrics are sympathetic to his mother, who tried everything in her power to rehabilitate her rebel son.
Andrea. Age: 21.
Mama Tried (song)
It appears on several compilation albums including "Truckin' Outlaw" and "20 Greatest Hits". David Allan Coe covered it. Ray LaMontagne includes the song in many live shows.