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Tennessee Ernie Ford

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Sixteen Tons

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Some people say a man is made out of mud.  
  
A poor man's made out of muscle and blood,  
                     Am  
Muscle and blood and skin and bones,  
  Em   
A mind that's weak and a back that's strong.  
  
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Em You load sixteen tons what do you get? Another day older and deeper in debt. Am Saint Peter, don't you call me 'cause I can't go. Em B7 Em I owe my soul to the company sto'.*
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Em I was born one morning when the sun didn't shine. I picked up my shovel and I walked to the mine, Am I loaded sixteen tons of number nine coal Em And the straw boss said, "Well, bless my soul!"
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Em You load sixteen tons what do you get? Another day older and deeper in debt. Am Saint Peter, don't you call me 'cause I can't go; Em B7 Em I owe my soul to the company sto'.
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Em I was born one morning, it was drizzling rain. Fighting and trouble are my middle name. Am I was raised in the canebreak by an old mama lion. Em Ain't no high-tone woman make me walk the line. Chorus Em If you see me coming better step aside. A lot of men didn't; a lot of men died. Am One fist of iron, the other of steel, Em If the right one don't get you then the left one will.
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Em You load sixteen tons what do you get? Another day older and deeper in debt. Am Saint Peter, don't you call me 'cause I can't go. Em Em B7 E I owe my so-o-o--ul to the company store.
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