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    Sixteen Tons

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    Sixteen Tons
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      Lyrics for Stan Ridgway - "Sixteen Tons"

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

      [Chorus]
      You load 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 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 strawboss said, "well, bless my soul!"

      [Chorus]

      I was born one mornin', it was drizllin' rain
      Fightin' and trouble are my middle name
      I was raised in the cane break by an ol' mama lion
      Cain't no high-tone woman make me walk the line

      [Chorus]

      If you see me comin' better step aside
      A lot of men didn't, a lot of men died
      One fist of iron, the other of steel
      And if the right one don't get you, then the left one will
      (chorus)

      SONGWRITERS:
      TRAVIS, MERLE
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