"Sixteen Tons" as written by and Merle Travis....
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 9 coal
And the straw boss said,
"well, a bless my soul"
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He loaded sixteen tons
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

I was born one morning when it was drizzling rain
Fighting and trouble is my middle name
I was raised in a king break
By an old mother lion
Ain't no high talking woman gonna make me walk the line
**********repeat chorus**************
Some people say a man
Is made out of mud
A poor man's made outta
Muscle and blood
Muscle and blood, skin and bone
A mind that's weak
And a back's that strong
*************repeat chorus***********
Well, if you see me comin'
Better step aside
Cause 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 get you
Then the right one will
*********repeat chorus**************


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"Sixteen Tons" as written by Merle Travis

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