Sixteen Tons Uke tab by Tennessee Ernie Ford

4 Chords used in the song: Em, C, B7, B

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Em Em                    C C            B7 B7  
Some people say a man is made outa mud
Em Em C C B7 B7
A A poor man's made outa muscle 'n blood...
Em Em C C B7 B7
Muscle an' blood an' skin an' bone
Em Em C C B7 B7
A A mind that's weak and a back that's strong

Chorus
Em Em C C B7 B7
You load sixteen tons an' whaddya get?
Em Em C C B7 B7
Another day older an' deeper in debt
Em Em C C B7 B7
Saint Peter doncha call me 'cause I can't go
Em Em B7 B7 Em Em
I owe my soul to the company sto'

Em Em C C B7 B7
If ya hear me a-comin' ya better step aside
Em Em C C B7 B7
A A lotta men din't an' a lotta men died
Em Em C C B7 B7
With one fist of iron an' the other of steel
Em Em C C B7 B7
If the right one don' getcha then the left one will.

Em Em C C B7 B7
I was born one mornin' when the sun didn't shine
Em Em C C B7 B7
Picked up my shovel and I went to the mine
Em Em C C B B
Loaded sixteen tons of number nine coal
Em Em C C B7 B7
And the strawboss said, "Well, Bless my soul!"

Em Em C C B7 B7
I was born one morning in the drizzlin' rain
Em Em C C B7 B7
Fightin' and trouble are my middle name
Em Em C C B7 B7
I was raised in the canebreak by an' ol' mama hound
Em Em C C B7 B7
Ain't no high-tone woman gonna push me around.

 

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About this song

Classic pop-country crossover hit of 1955-56, reaching #1 on both Billboard's pop and country charts. Orchestrated with a clarinet lead, not a typical country music instrument, by Jack Fascinato.