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Sixteen Tons Lyrics 

Sixteen Tons Song 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"

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', 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

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

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

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


The Wire: And All the Pieces Matter Song List

This America, man

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Way Down in the Hole

The Blind Boys Of Alabama 

Oh My God

Michael Franti & Spearhead 

Dance My Pain Away

Rod Lee 

Way Down in the Hole

Neville Brothers 

Sixteen Tons

The Nighthawks 

Step By Step

Jesse Winchester 

I Walk on Gilded Splinters

Paul Weller 

Fast Train

Solomon Burke 

The Body Of An American

The Pogues 

Way Down in the Hole (reprise)

Domaje 

Ayo

Bossman 

Analyze

Sharpshooters 

Unfriendly Game

Masta Ace Feat. Stricklin 

What You Know About Baltimore

Ogun Feat. Phathead 

Feel Alright

Steve Earle 

Way Down in the Hole (reprise 2)

Tom Waits 

The Fall

Blake Leyh 

You remember that one day summer past?

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An act of daily journalism

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The Life, The Hood, The Streetz

Mullyman 

Jail Flick

Diablo 

Wars end

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Later for that gangsta bullshit

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Projects

Tyree Colion 

If it's a lie then we fight on that lie

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Omar comin

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Efuge Efuge

Stelios Kazantzidis 

All the pieces matter

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Assume the Position (Instrumental)

Lafayette Gilchrist 

The king stay the king

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My Life Extra (Instrumental)

DJ Technics 

Why would anyone ever wanna leave Baltimore?

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Sixteen Tons Lyrics by The Nighthawks from The Wire: And All the Pieces Matter Soundtrack (2008). Rating: 4.2/5 (20 votes)