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Lyrics by: Merle Travis
# Debut Chart
68 Aug '67 Hot 100


Some people say man is made out of mud A poor man's made out of muscle and blood Muscle and blood and skin and bone A mind that's a-weak and a back that's strong

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[CHORUS] You load sixteen tons and 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 store boss said the "Well-a bless my soul" [CHORUS] I was born one mornin', it was drizzlin' rain Fightin' and trouble are my middle name I was raised in the cane-brake by an old mama lion Can't no a high-tone woman make me walk the line [CHORUS] If you see me comin', better step aside A lot of men didn't and a lot of men died One fist of iron, the other of steel If the right one don't get ya, then the left one will [CHORUS]


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