Tennessee Ernie Ford - Sixteen Tons Lyrics

Tennessee Ernie Ford Sixteen Tons 2 cover art
Credits
publisher: ©Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.
writers: Merle Travis
release date:
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length: 2:38
conductor: Jack Fascinato
lead vocals: Tennessee Ernie Ford
composer: Merle Travis
lyricist: Merle Travis
Lyrics
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 Milk 'em in the Morning Blues
  • 2 Country Junction
  • 3 Smoky Mountain Boogie
  • 4 Anticipation Blues
  • 5 Mule Train
  • 6 Cry of the Wild Goose
  • 7 My Hobby
  • 8 Feed 'em in the Morning Blues
  • 9 Shot Gun Boogie
  • 10 Tailor Made Woman
  • 11 You're My Sugar
  • 12 Rock City Boogie
  • 13 Kissin' Bug Boogie
  • 14 Hey, Good Lookin'
  • 15 Hambone
  • 16 Everybody's Got a Girl but Me
  • 17 Snow Shoe Thompson
  • 18 Blackberry Boogie
  • 19 Hey, Mr. Cotton Picker
  • 20 Kiss Me Big
  • 21 Catfish Boogie
  • 22 Ballad of Davy Crocket
  • 23 Sixteen Tons
  • 24 The Rovin' Gambler
  • 25 Blackeyed Susie

  • Album Information
    script: Latin