From the recording GOOD FRIDAY REVIVAL

Lyrics

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 morning in the drizzlin' rain
Mama said that trouble was my middle name
Raised in a cave by a mountain lion
Cuz my mama got sick and tired of tryin

i loaded sixteen tons of number nine coal
and the straw boss said "well, a-bless my soul"
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

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

Songwriter: Merle Travis