Tennessee Ernie Ford
[Dm] Do do do do [A7] do do do [Dm] do
Some [Dm] people say a [F] man is [Bb7] made out of [A7] mud,
a [Dm] poor man’s [F] made out of [Bb7] muscle and [A7] blood.
[Dm] Muscle and blood and [Gm] skin and bones,
a [Dm] mind that’s weak and a [A] back that’s [A7] strong
You load [Dm] sixteen [F] tons and [Bb7] what do you [A7] get?
An [Dm] other day [F] older and [Bb7] deeper in [A7] debt
St. [Dm] Peter, don’t you call me ‘cause [Gm] I can’t go.
I [Dm] owe my soul to the [A7] company’s [Dm] store.
Well, [Dm] I was born one [F] morning [Bb7] when the sun didn’t [A7] shine,
I [Dm] picked up my [F] shovel and [Bb7] walked to the [A7] mine
I [Dm] loaded sixteen tons of [Gm] number nine coal,
and the [Dm] straw boss said, “Well, [A] bless my [A7] soul!”
Well, [Dm] I was born one [F] morning it was [Bb7] drizzlin’ [A7] rain,
[Dm] fightin’ and [F] trouble are my [Bb7] middle [A7] name
I [Dm] was raised in the canebreak by an [Gm] old mamma lion,
can’t no [Dm] high-toned woman make me[A] walk the [A7] line
If you [Dm] see me [F] comin’ [Bb7] better step [A7] aside,
a [Dm] lot of men [F] didn’t and a [Bb7] lot of men[A7] died
One [Dm] fist of iron and the [Gm] other of steel,
if the [Dm] right one doesn’t get you then the [A] left one [A7] will.