Sixteen Tons
Merle Travis

Some people say a man is made out of mud
Well a poor manís made out of muscle and blood
Well, muscle and blood, skin and bone
And a mind thatís weak and a back thatís strong

You load sixteen tons, what do you get
Well another day older and deeper in debt
St. Peter donít you call me, cause I canít go
Cause I owe my soul to the company store

Well I was born one morning, the sun didnít shine
I picked up my shovel, I walked to the mine
I load sixteen tons on the number 9 coal
And the straw boss said Ďwell bless my soulí

You load sixteen tons, what do you get
Well another day older and deeper in debt
St. Peter donít you call me, cause I canít go
Cause I owe my soul to the company store

If you see me coming, better step aside
Cause a lot of men didnít, and a lot of men died
I got one fist of iron, the otherís of steel
And if the right one donít get ya, the left one will

You load sixteen tons, what do you get
Well another day older and deeper in debt
St. Peter donít you call me, cause I canít go
Cause I owe my soul

You load sixteen tons, what do you get
Well another day older and deeper in debt
St. Peter donít you call me, cause I canít go
Cause I owe my soul to the company store



1. Sixteen Tons

2. Eagle Cry

3. Sometimes I Just Keep To Myself

4. Love Don't Live Here

5. I Will Bring You Near

6. Done Like Dinner

7. Something 'Bout You

8. Tumble In The Weeds

9. Ain't Nothin' Like Your Love

10. Shoebox



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