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Merle Travis - Sixteen Tons (Chords)

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Subject: Re: REQ: 16 tons
Keywords: Digital Tradition
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Date: 20 Oct 92 15:55:09 GMT
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The version below is from the Digital Tradition folk song database
(July 1992 version).

The "Rise Up Singing" song book gives the following chords:

	verse: Am - F E / Am - F E / Am - Dm - / Am - - E7
	chorus as in verse ending: Am - E7 Am

It also indicates the song is in the book "Songs of Work and Protest".

For more information about the Digital Tradition, contact:
  Dick Greenhaus, 28 Powell Street, Greenwich, CT 06831, 203/531-7314

I'm thinking of making a copy of the Digital Tradition available on an
FTP server.
Let me know if that would be useful.

Steve Putz 
Xerox Palo Alto Research Center
Palo Alto, California

(Merle Travis)

Some people say a man is made outa mud
A poor man's made outa muscle 'n blood...
Muscle an' blood an' skin an' bone
A mind that's weak and a back that's strong

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

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

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

I was born one morning in the drizzlin' rain
Fightin' and trouble are my middle name
I was raised in the canebreak by an' ol' mama hound
Ain't no high-tone woman gonna push me around.

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