Sixteen Tons
Tennesse Ernie Ford (Merle Travis, 1946)


4/4 | d - D u d - D u |
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Intro
| [Am] | [E7] [Am] | [Am]

Some | [Am] people say a [Am7] man is | [F] made out of [E7] mud
A | [Am] poor man's [Am7] made out of | [F] muscle and [E7] blood |
| [Am] Muscle and blood and | [Dm] skin and bones
A | [Am] mind that's weak and a | back that's [E7] strong

Chorus
You load | [Am] sixteen [Am7] tons | [F] what do you [E7] get?
A- | [Am] nother day [Am7] older and | [F] deeper in [E7] debt
Saint | [Am] Peter, don't you call me 'cause | [Dm] I can't go
I | [Am↓] owe my soul to the | company store |
| [Am] | [E7] [Am] | [Am]

I was [Am] born one [Am7] morning when the [F] sun didn't [E7] shine
I [Am] picked up my [Am7] shovel and I [F] walked to the [E7] mine
I loaded [Am] sixteen tons of [Dm] number nine coal
And the [Am] straw boss said, “Well, a-bless my [E7] soul!”

Chorus
You load | [Am] sixteen [Am7] tons | [F] what do you [E7] get?
A- | [Am] nother day [Am7] older and | [F] deeper in [E7] debt
Saint | [Am] Peter, don't you call me 'cause | [Dm] I can't go
I | [Am↓] owe my soul to the | [E7↓] company [Am↓] store |
| [Am] | [E7] [Am] | [Am]

I was [Am] born one [Am7] mornin' it was [F] drizzlin' [E7] rain
[Am] Fightin' and [Am7] trouble are [F] my middle [E7] name
I was [Am] raised in the canebreak by an [Dm] old mamma lion
Cain't no [Am] high-toned woman make me [E7] walk the line

Chorus
You load | [Am] sixteen [Am7] tons | [F] what do you [E7] get?
A- | [Am] nother day [Am7] older and | [F] deeper in [E7] debt
Saint | [Am] Peter, don't you call me 'cause | [Dm] I can't go
I | [Am↓] owe my soul to the | [E7↓] company [Am↓] store |
| [Am] | [E7] [Am] | [Am]

If you [Am] see me [Am7] comin' better [F] step a- [E7] side
A [Am] lot of men [Am7] didn't, a [F] lot of men [E7] died
[Am] One fist of iron, the [Dm] other of steel
If the [Am] right one don't get you then the [E7] left one will

Chorus
You load | [Am] sixteen [Am7] tons | [F] what do you [E7] get?
A- | [Am] nother day [Am7] older and | [F] deeper in [E7] debt
Saint | [Am] Peter, don't you call me 'cause | [Dm] I can't go
I | [Am↓] owe my soul to the | [E7↓] company [Am↓] store |
| [Am] | [E7] [Am] | [Am]


#Capo on 2nd fret to play with Tenessee Ernie Ford.
#Last Updated 9/28/18 JJ
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