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Tennessee Ernie Ford - Sixteen Tons (Chord)
Album: The Ultimate Collection (1949-1965) (1997)
Submitter: cowboynemo (32) on 12/12/02 5 comments
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SIXTEEN TONS
Written By:Merle Travis
Performed by Tennessee Ernie Ford (1955)

INTRO:   Em  B  Em

     Em
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


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-B-Em)
I owe my soul to the company store


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 a bless my soul


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-B-Em)
I owe my soul to the company store



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


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-B-Em)
I owe my soul to the company store


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

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-B-Em)
I owe...... my soul .....to the company store


Note: Song was written with the “C7 “ configuration (shown below) but T.E.Ford
doesn’t use it.
  C7          Em 
A mind that's weak and a back that's strong.
 
 Comments (click here to add a non-facebook comment)
Whoever wrote this must be a cracker

-rightwinger_26 | 5/14/2004
A Stale Cracker
-andylee | 10/21/2005
Merle Travis wrote the song. It's a good song, and he's a good artist.
-macg1 | 11/7/2005
In theory: if you were to play this song in
Am, you would use an F7 where the C7 would
be. Don't. It's F#7. It sounds better in Am.
Great song. I love this one.
-macg1 | 11/25/2005
sorry this tab was poorly writen a beter way to play it is Am, G , F, E.
-kyle_mattox_17 | 2/2/2006
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