Johnny Cash performs “Sixteen Tons” On 21st Music City Awards Show 1988.

Johnny Cash performs the song "Sixteen Tons" on the album "Johnny Cash Is Coming To Town" Released on the Mercury label in 1987.

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Johnny Cash performs the song “Sixteen Tons” on the album “Johnny Cash Is Coming To Town” Released on the Mercury label in 1987.

Travis recorded the song for the first time on August 8, 1946. But the best-known version is the one that Ernie Ford recorded in 1955 for the Capitol label. I reached number one on December 17, 1955.

 

Story Of The Song

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Single Harry Nilson ( Tower Records 1964 )
Single Harry Nilson ( Tower Records 1964 )

Versions:
John Neher 1955 (Bell Records)
Red Sovine 1955 (Decca)
Eddie Arnold 1956 (RCA)
Harry Nilsson 1964 (Tower Records)
Hank Thompson 1967 (Warner)
The Don Harrison Band 1976 (Atlantic Records)
Johnny Cash 1987 (Mercury)
Eric Burdon 1990 (Empire Records)
LeAnn Rimes 2011 (Curb Records)
Cousin Harley 2017 (Little Pig Records)
… and many more.

Johnny Cash – Sixteen Tons Lyrics

Some people say a man is made outta mud
A poor man’s made outta muscle and blood
Muscle and blood and 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

I was born one mornin’, it was drizzlin’ rain
Fightin’ and trouble are my middle name
I was raised in the canebrake by an ol’ mama lion
Cain’t no-a high-toned woman make me walk the line

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

Single Tennessee Ernie Ford ( Capitol 1955
Single Tennessee Ernie Ford ( Capitol 1955

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