Sixteen Tons Song Lyrics

Johnny Cash

Johnny Cash Johnny Cash Is Coming to Town cover art
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Some people say a man is made out of mud
A poor man's made out of muscle and blood
Muscle and blood and skin and bones
A mind that's weak and a back that's strong

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

I was born one mornin' when the sun didn't shine
I picked up my shovel and I walked to the mine
I loaded sixteen tons of number nine coal
And the straw boss said "Well, a-bless my soul"

Track Listing


CD 1
  • 1 The Big Light
  • 2 The Ballad of Barbara
  • 3 I'd Rather Have You
  • 4 Let Him Roll
  • 5 The Night Hank Williams Came to Town
  • 6 Sixteen Tons
  • 7 Letters From Home
  • 8 W. Lee O Daniel (and the Light Crust Boys)
  • 9 Heavy Metal (Don't Mean Rock & Roll to Me)
  • 10 My Ship Will Sail


  • credits


    publisher: ©Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.
    writers: Merle Travis
    album: Track 6 in album Johnny Cash Is Coming to Town
    release date: 1987-4-3
    popularity : 62 users have visited this page.
    genres: Folk, World, & Country
    styles: Country
    length: 2:47
    composer: Merle Travis
    lyricist: Merle Travis

    Album Information

    label: PolyGram Records, Inc.
    country(area): United States
    format: CD
    script: Latin