Sunday Baroque (and a bit more)

“My mother used to tell me man gives the award, God gives the reward. I don’t need another plaque.” ~ Denzel Washington

Handel – Water Music, HWV 350, Suite No. 3 in G Major: Rigaudon · Academy of St. Martin in the Fields · Sir Neville Marriner

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The Grateful Dead weren’t generally considered a country rock band, but they regularly covered country standards in performances. This one, “Mama Tried”, was written by Merle Haggard. – via rolossining

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Grateful Dead ~ “Mama Tried”

(it’s “Mother’s Day” here in the States)

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

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