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"Sixteen Tons" is a song about the realities of coal mining, first recorded in 1946 by U.S. country singer Merle Travis and released on his box set album Folk Songs of the Hills the following year. This is the country version released by Johnny Cash on his album "Johnny Cash Is Coming to Town" (1987)


Some people say a man is made out of mud
A poor man's made out of muscle and blood
Muscle and blood and skin and bones
A mind that's weak and a back…

Johnny Cash - Sixteen Tons Lyrics


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