Sixteen Tons Lyrics

Tennessee Ernie Ford


publisher: ©Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.
writers: Merle Travis
album: Track 13 in album I'd Like to Teach the World to Sing
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length: 2:41
lyricist: Merle Travis
composer: Merle Travis
Some people say a man is made outta mud
A poor man's made outta muscle and blood
Muscle and blood and skin and bones
A mind that's a-weak and a back that's strong

You load sixteen tons, 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"

You load sixteen tons, 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', it was drizzlin' rain
Fightin' and trouble are my middle name
I was raised in the canebrake by an ol' mama lion
Can't no-a high-toned woman make me walk the line

You load sixteen tons, 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

If you see me comin', better step aside
A lotta men didn't, a lotta men died
One fist of iron, the other of steel
If the right one don't a-get you, then the left one will

You load sixteen tons, 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



Track Listing

  • 1 Blackberry Boogie
  • 2 False Hearted Girl
  • 3 Hambone
  • 4 Hey Mr. Cotton Picker
  • 5 Kissin' Bug Boogie
  • 6 Mule Train
  • 7 Hog Tied Over You
  • 8 My Grandfather's Clock
  • 9 Smokey Mountain Boogie
  • 10 Tennessee Stud
  • 11 Anticipation Blues
  • 12 The Ballad of Davy Crockett
  • 13 Sixteen Tons
  • 14 You Don't Have to Be a Baby to Cry
  • 15 Trouble in Mind
  • 16 The Battle Hymn of the Republic
  • 17 Dixie
  • 18 Stonewall Jackson's Way
  • 19 Maryland My Maryland
  • 20 River of No Return
  • 21 Take Me Home Country Roads