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  1. 16 Tons (Travis)


Some folks say a man is made outta mud
A poor man's made outta muscle and blood
Muscle and blood and skin and bones
A mind that's a-weak and a back that's strong

You load sixteen tons, 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' in the drizzlin' rain
Mama said that trouble was my middle name
I was raised in a cave by a mountain lion
Cuz my mama got sick and tired of tryin

Got a job in a place where the sun don't shine
They handed me a shovel and dropped me in a mine
I loaded sixteen tons of number nine coal
The foreman said,"Go and dig another hole!"

If you see me comin', better step aside
A lotta men didn't, a lotta men died
One fist of iron, the other of steel
If the right one don't a-get you, then the left one will

Words & Music by Merle Travis