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Tuesday, May 22, 2012

16 Tons ~ Sixteen Tons ~ Song Lyrics ~ YouTube Video

At the moment, I've got a very bad sore throat which takes my vocal range down to sometimes more than an octave. I can now go as low as C2 and sometimes even lower. Well, this song suits my voice and I can sing it even lower than the original singer.

Info of song

YouTube Video ~ Various Versions:

Studio Recording:
Sixteen Tons | Tennessee Ernie Ford
This is the original version of the song "Sixteen Tons", by Tennessee Ernie Ford.


Sixteen Tons ~ by Tennessee Ernie Ford (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" [Chorus]

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 [Chorus]

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 [Chorus]

YouTube Video ~ Various Versions by Tennessee Ernie Ford:

Live Singing:
Tennessee ernie Ford - 16 Tons

A Live Upbeat A-Go-Go Version... something about digging up an old dog and teaching it new tricks:
Tennessee Ernie Ford - 16 Tons (Go-Go Version)

Here he is many years later with the added humour while singing:

YouTube Video ~ Merle Travis (Original Singer & Composer of this song)

1st Live Version
MERLE TRAVIS - Sixteen Tons

2nd Live Version (love that joke using Chet Atkins)
Merle Travis - Sixteen Tons

Original Studio Version
Merle Travis - Sixteen Tons (original version)

YouTube Video ~ Other Versions

Fantastic Guitar
Tommy Emmanuel - Merle Travis Medley

"Sixteen Tons" by The Yale Spizzwinks(?) of 2005-09

Sixteen Tons by Eight Hole Punch, solo by Brad Franklin

An unusually low Platter Song
THE ORIGINAL PLATTERS - Sixteen Tons - Lima 2011

Tom Jones - Sixteen Tons (Original Stereo)

A High Country Version
Don Harrison Band - Sixteen Tons


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