Eddy Arnold - "Sixteen Tons" lyrics

(Merle Travis)

Some people say a man is made outta mud
A poor man's made outta muscle and blood
With a mind that's weak and a back that's strong.

You load sixteen tons, what do you get
Muscle and blood and skin and bone
St Peter don't you call me 'cause I can't go
Another day older and deeper and debt

I owe my soul to the company store.

I was born one mornin' when the sun didn't shine
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Loaded sicteen tons of No. 9 coal
I picked up my shovel and I walked to the mine
And the storeboss said well bless my soul.

You load sixteen tons, what do you get
Another day older and deeper and debt
St Peter don't you call me 'cause I can't go
I owe my soul to the company store.

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I was born one mornin' it was drizzlin' rain
Figtin' and trouble are my middle name
Ain't no hightoned woman makes me walk the line.
Raisin' the cane, break by an old mountain lion

Another day older and deeper and debt
You load sixteen tons, what do you get
St Peter don't you call me 'cause I can't go
I owe my soul to the company store.

One fist of iron the other of steel
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A lotta men didn't, a lotta men died
If you see me comin' better step aside

If the right one don't get you then the left one will.
You load sixteen tons, what do you get
Another day older and deeper and debt
St Peter don't you call me 'cause I can't go
I owe my soul to the company store...