16 Tons
LeAnn Rimes Lyrics


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

You load sixteen tons, what do you get
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 sixteen tons of number nine coal
And the straw boss said "Well, a-bless my soul"

You load sixteen tons, what do you get
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, 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 sixteen tons, what do you get
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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Comments from YouTube:

James George Coke

I remember as a child, Tennessee Ernie Ford singing this classic. Frankie Laine also sang it.

Andrew Lyons

This album sounds better when she sings it.

surfspy26

Like her vocals, but this should be sang by a man covered in coal.

Frank Fortier

66 done, 65 to go

MrJustDIY

Leann is Awesome

John Wagner

No

Sharleen Cronje

I've never liked this song, but damn was I surprised with this version! Bluesy and her voice just adds the ultimate perfection!