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Sixteen Tons Songtext
von The Platters

Sixteen Tons Songtext

Some people say a man is made outta mud
A poor man′s made outta muscle and blood
Muscle and blood, and skin and bone
A mind that's a-weak and a back that′s strong

You load 16 tons, and what do you gain?
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′ when the sun didn't shine
I picked up my shovel and I walked to the mine
I loaded 16 tons of number nine coal
And the straw boss said, "Well, a-bless my soul"


You load 16 tons, and what do you gain?
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

If you see me comin', better step aside
A lotta men didn′t, and 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

You load 16 tons, and what do you gain?
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', and it was drizzlin′ rain
Fightin' and trouble are my middle name
I was raised in the canebrake by an ol′ mama lion
Ain't no-a high-toned woman make me walk the line


You load 16 tons, and what do you gain?
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

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