Sixteen Tons (2:43)

Cover of Ring of Fire

From Ring of Fire and 44 other releases

“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)


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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 that's strong

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  • fireball0076

    THIS right here sir,is fuckin awesome!

    10 Sep 2014 Reply
  • ReducedCapacity need to change your tampon lass

    8 Sep 2011 Reply
  • Aberlass

    Water emotion.... Pisces..... never conform...... anti-establishment. He never knew why his angst resonated so poignantly, yet futiley. This song sums it up.

    27 Mar 2011 Reply
  • BreOl

    Great song...

    16 Jul 2010 Reply
  • AlexRmF

    a very good song, one of the parts I like best is: "when you see me comin' better step aside/ a lot of men didn't, and a lot of me died"

    1 Dec 2009 Reply
  • Mycobill

    Tennesse Ernie Ford "16 Tonns"

    24 Oct 2009 Reply
  • abarth91

    better than the original :-)

    25 Jan 2009 Reply
  • kennethbruce

    Great version. The original is a good one, too. I recommend the Eric Burdon's one.

    22 Jul 2008 Reply
  • Rothar

    But it is Not original Johnny Cash's song...

    14 Feb 2008 Reply
  • Harith

    This is one of my favorite Cash songs. And yes! It's not tagged Indie.

    14 Jul 2007 Reply

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