Lyricist: jonny cash   Composer: jonny cash


Some people say a man is made out of mud
A poor man's made out muscle and blood
Muscle and blood and skin and bones
A mind that's weak and back that's strong
You loaded sixteen tons what do you get?
Another day odder and deeper in debt
Saint Peter don't you call me 'cause I can't go
I own my soul to the company store

I was born one morning when the sun didn't shine
I picked my shovel and I walk to the mine
I loaded sixteen tons of number nine coals
And the strawbose said "where is my soul"
You loaded sixteen tons what do you get?
Another day odder and deeper in debt
Saint Peter don't you call me 'cause I can't go
I own my soul to the company store

I was born one morning it was dizzying rain
Fighting and trouble are my middle name
I was raised in a came break by an old name lion
Can't no high toned woman make me walk the line
You loaded sixteen tons what do you get?
Another day odder and deeper in debt
Saint Peter don't you call me 'cause I can't go
I own my soul to the company store

If you see me coming better step aside
A lotta me didn't a lotta lotta men died
One first of iron the other of steel
If the right one bon get you Then the rap on you
You loaded sixteen tons what do you get?
Another day odder and deeper in debt
Saint Peter don't you call me 'cause I can't go
I own my soul to the company store

Sixteen Tons(Album Version) - Album Version

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Lyricist: jonny cash   Composer: jonny cash


Some people say a man is made out of mud
A poor man's made out muscle and blood
Muscle and blood and skin and bones
A mind that's weak and back that's strong
You loaded sixteen tons what do you get?
Another day odder and deeper in debt
Saint Peter don't you call me 'cause I can't go
I own my soul to the company store

I was born one morning when the sun didn't shine
I picked my shovel and I walk to the mine
I loaded sixteen tons of number nine coals
And the strawbose said "where is my soul"
You loaded sixteen tons what do you get?
Another day odder and deeper in debt
Saint Peter don't you call me 'cause I can't go
I own my soul to the company store

I was born one morning it was dizzying rain
Fighting and trouble are my middle name
I was raised in a came break by an old name lion
Can't no high toned woman make me walk the line
You loaded sixteen tons what do you get?
Another day odder and deeper in debt
Saint Peter don't you call me 'cause I can't go
I own my soul to the company store

If you see me coming better step aside
A lotta me didn't a lotta lotta men died
One first of iron the other of steel
If the right one bon get you Then the rap on you
You loaded sixteen tons what do you get?
Another day odder and deeper in debt
Saint Peter don't you call me 'cause I can't go
I own my soul to the company store