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    "16 Tons" Lyrics

    Merle Travis

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    Some people say man is made out of mud
    A poor man's made out of muscle and blood
    Muscle and blood and skin and bone
    A mind that's a-weak and a back that's strong

    You load sixteen tons and 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 store-boss said the "Well-a bless my soul"

    You load sixteen tons and 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 cane-brake by an old mama lion
    Can't no a high-tone woman make me walk the line

    You load sixteen tons and 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 lot of men didn't and a lot of men died
    One fist of iron, the other of steel
    If the right one don't git ya, then the left one will

    You load sixteen tons and 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
    This song was submitted on November 23rd, 2016.
    Copyright with Lyrics © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc..
    Written by Merle Travis.
    Lyrics licensed by LyricFind.

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