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The version below is from the Digital Tradition folk song database
(July 1992 version).
The "Rise Up Singing" song book gives the following chords:
verse: Am - F E / Am - F E / Am - Dm - / Am - - E7
chorus as in verse ending: Am - E7 Am
It also indicates the song is in the book "Songs of Work and Protest".
For more information about the Digital Tradition, contact:
Dick Greenhaus, 28 Powell Street, Greenwich, CT 06831, 203/531-7314
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Some people say a man is made outa mud
A poor man's made outa muscle 'n blood...
Muscle an' blood an' skin an' bone
A mind that's weak and a back that's strong
cho: You load sixteen tons an' whaddya get?
Another day older an' deeper in debt
Saint Peter doncha call me 'cause I can't go
I owe my soul to the company sto'
If ya hear me a-comin' ya better step aside
A lotta men din't an' a lotta men died
With one fist of iron an' the other of steel
If the right one don' getcha then the left one will.
I was born one mornin' when the sun didn't shine
Picked up my shovel and I went to the mine
Loaded sixteen tons of number nine coal
And the strawboss said, "Well, Bless my soul!"
I was born one morning in the drizzlin' rain
Fightin' and trouble are my middle name
I was raised in the canebreak by an' ol' mama hound
Ain't no high-tone woman gonna push me around.
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