Sixteen Tons Song Lyrics

Jimmy Dean


publisher: ©Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.
writers: Merle Travis
album: Track 3 in album Big Bad John and Other Fabulous Songs and Tales
release date: 1961-12
popularity : 313 users have visited this page.
genres: Folk, World, & Country
styles: Country
length: 2:40

Album Information

label: Columbia
country(area): United States
format: 12" Vinyl
script: Latin

Cover Art

Jimmy Dean Big Bad John and Other Fabulous Songs and Tales cover art


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Some people say a man is made outta mud.
A poor man's made outta muscle and blood.
Muscle and blood, skin and bones;
A mind that's weak and a back that's strong.

You load sixteen tons an' what do you get?
Another day older and deeper in debt.
St Peter don't you call me cause I can't go:
I owe my soul to the company store.

Well, I was born one mornin' when the sun didn't shine.
I picked up a shovel, an' I walked out to the mine.
I loaded sixteen tons of Number 9 coal,
An' the store boss said: "Well, bless my soul."


Track Listing

12" Vinyl 1
  • 1 Big Bad John
  • 2 Smoke, Smoke That Cigarette
  • 3 Sixteen Tons
  • 4 Make the Waterwheel Roll
  • 5 Gotta Travel On
  • 6 Oklahoma Bill
  • 7 Night Train to Memphis
  • 8 Grasshopper Macclain
  • 9 I Won't Go Huntin' With You Jake (But I'll Go Chasin' Wimmin)
  • 10 To a Sleeping Beauty