Folk
Johnny Cash
Transposer

Sixteen tons


Merle Travis d'après George S. Davis


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Song : E
Intro :
Am F E Am
Am F E
Some people say a man is made outta mud
Am F E
A poor man's made outta muscle 'n blood...
Am Dm F
Muscle an' blood an' skin an' bone
Am E Am
A mind that's weak and a back that's strong

Chorus :
Am F E
You load sixteen tons an' whaddya get?
Am F E
Another day older an' deeper in debt
Am Dm F
Saint Peter doncha call me 'cause I can't go
Am E Am
I owe my soul to the company store

Riff
Am F E Am

Am F E
I was born one mornin' when the sun didn't shine
Am F E
Picked up my shovel and I walked to the mine
Am Dm F
Loaded sixteen tons of number nine coal
Am E Am
And the strawboss said, "Well, Bless my soul!"

Chorus & Riff

Am F E
I was born one morning in the drizzlin' rain
Am F E
Fightin' and trouble are my middle name
Am Dm F
I was raised in the canebreak by an' ol' mama lion
Am E Am
Ain't no high-tone woman make me walk the line.

Am F E
If ya hear me a-comin' ya better step aside
Am F E
A lotta men didn't an' a lotta men died
Am Dm F
With one fist of iron an' the other of steel
Am E Am
If the right one don' getcha then the left one will.

Chorus & Riff
Transposer