Who Sang 16 Tons? Billy Strange

Release information
Genre: Folk, World, & Country
Style: Country
length: 2:02
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Lyrics
Frankie Laine Sixteen Tons Lyrics:
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, Iwalked out to the mine.
I loaded sixteen tons of Number 9 coal,
An' the straw boss said: "Well, bless my soul."

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', it was drizzlin' rain.
Fightin' an' trouble are my middle name.
I was raised in the canebreak by an old mama lion,
Can't no high-toned woman makes me walk the line.

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, 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 get you, then the left one will.

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.

Tracklist
  • 1 Wabash Cannonball
  • 2 Atchison Topeka & Santa Fe
  • 3 This Train
  • 4 Old Toy Trains
  • 5 Last Train To Clarksville
  • 6 Wreck Of The Old '97
  • 7 Chattanooga Choo Choo
  • 8 Track Walkin'
  • 9 Engine Engine #9
  • 10 Midnite Special
  • 11 Walk Right In
  • 12 Blowin' In The Wind
  • 13 16 Tons
  • 14 Silver Threads And Golden Needles
  • 15 Battle Of New Orleans
  • 16 Green, Green
  • 17 Tom Dooley
  • 18 Wildwood Flower
  • 19 If I Had A Hammer
  • 20 Stranger In Town
  • 21 Cotton Fields

  • Release information
    script: Latin