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Sixteen Tons




this is my absolute favorite song of all time. best when done by Tennesse Earnie Ford.

Some people say a man is made out of mud

A poor man's made out of muscle and blood

Muscle and blood and skin and bones

A mind that's weak and a back that's strong


You load sixteen tons, and whattaya get?

Another day older and deeper in debt

St. Peter don'cha 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

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, bless my soul!"


I was born one morning, it was drizzlin' rain

Fightin' and trouble are my middle name

I was raised in the canebreak by an old mama lion

Cain't no high-toned woman make me walk the line


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 getcha then the left one will




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