Merle Haggard's song "Mama Tried" was released in 1968 and became one of his biggest hits. The song reflects Haggard's own experiences of causing pain to his mother by being incarcerated. "Mama Tried" reached number one on the country music charts and won several awards. Haggard, a leading artist in the Outlaw Country genre, served time in San Quentin prison but was eventually released and pardoned. The song's lyrics express regret and gratitude towards his mother. This article provides information about the song's release, significance, and Haggard's personal story.