16 Tons lyrics

Originally released by: 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 weak and a back that's strong

You loaded sixteen tons and whaddya get
Another day older and deeper in debt
Saint Peter don't ya call me 'cause I can't go
I owe my soul to the company sto'

I was born one morning when the sun didn't shine
Picked up the shovel and I walked to the mine
I loaded sixteen tons of number nine coal
And the strawboss said, well, bless my soul

You loaded sixteen tons and whaddya get
Another day older and deeper in debt
Saint Peter doncha call me 'cause I can't go
I owe my soul to the company sto'

I was born one morning, it was drizzling rain
Fighting and trouble are my middle names
I was raised in the canebrake by an ol' mama lion
Can't no high-tone woman make me walk the line

You loaded sixteen tons and whaddya get?
Another day older and deeper in debt
Saint Peter don't ya call me 'cause I can't go
I owe my soul to the company sto'

If you see me coming, better step aside
A lotta men didn't, a lotta men died
With one fist of iron and the other of steel
If the right one don't getcha then the left one will

You loaded sixteen tons and whaddya get
Another day older and deeper in debt
Saint Peter dont ya call me 'cause I can't go
I owe my soul to the company sto'

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