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sixteen tons  Tennessee Ernie Ford



[Em] [Acapella]Some people say a man is made outta mud
[Em]A poor man's made outta [C]muscle and [B7]blood
[Em]Muscle and blood and  [Am]skin and bones
A [C7] [Acapella]mind that's weak and a [B7]back that's  [Em]strong
CHORUS:
You load [Em]sixteen tons, [C]what do you [B7]get?
A[Em]nother day older and[C] deeper in [B7]debt
Saint [Em]Peter don't you call me 'cause  [Am]I can't go
I [C7]owe [Acapella]my soul to the [B7]company  [Em]store

[Em]I was born one mornin' when the [C]sun didn't[B7] shine
[Em] I picked up my shovel and I [C]walked to the [B7]mine
I loaded [Em]sixteen tons of  [Am]number nine coal
And the  [C7] [Acapella]straw boss said "Well-a, [B7]bless my [Em]soul"

[Em]I was born one   mornin', it was [C]drizzlin' [B7]rain
[Em]Fightin' and trouble are [C]my middle [B7]name
I was [Em]raised in the canebrake by an  [Am] ol' mama lion
Cain't no-a  [C7] [Acapella]high-toned woman make me [B7]walk the  [Em]line
Chorus

[Em] If you see me comin', better [C]    step a[B7]side
A [Em]lotta men didn't, a [C]lotta men [B7]died
[Em]One fist of iron, the  [Am]other of steel
If the  [C7] [Acapella]right one don't a-get you then the [B7]left one  [Em]will.

Chorus to End


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