Who Sang 16 Tons? Tom Morello: The Nightwatchman

Release information
Release Date: 2011-5-17
Genre: Rock Folk, World, & Country
Style: Folk Rock/Acoustic
length: 3:36
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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
Cain´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

Tracklist
Digital Media 1
  • 1 Union Town
  • 2 Solidarity Forever
  • 3 Which Side Are You On?
  • 4 A Wall Against the Wind
  • 5 16 Tons
  • 6 This Land Is Your Land
  • 7 I Dreamed I Saw Joe Hill Last Night
  • 8 Union Song (live in Madison, WI)

  • Release information
    label: New West Records
    country(area): United States
    format: Digital Media
    script: Latin