Sixteen Tons performed by Tennessee Ernie Ford
[Am]Some people say a man's [Dm]made out of [E]mud
but a [Am]poor man's made out of [Dm]muscle and [E]blood
[Am]Muscle and blood, [Dm]skin and bones,
a [Am]mind that's weak and a [E]body that's [E7]strong
You load [Am]sixteen [Am/G]tons and [Am/F]whaddya [E]get,
a[Am]nother day [Am/G]older and [Am/F]deeper in [E]debt
Saint [Am]Peter don't you call me 'cause [Dm]I can't go,
I [Am]owe my soul to the [E]company [Am]store
I was born one morning when the sun didn't shine,
picked up my shovel and walked to the mine
I loaded sixteen tons of number nine coal;
the straw boss said "well, damn my soul."
I was born one morning, it was drizzling rain.
Fightin' and trouble are my middle name.
I was raised in a cane break by an old mama lion,
can't no high-toned woman make me walk the line
If you see me comin' you better step aside;
another man didn't and another man died.
I've got a fist full of iron and a fist full of steel,
if the left one don't get you, well, the right one will