2009年11月30日星期一

Tennessee Ernie Ford Sings 16 Tons

Ernest Jennings Ford (1919 – 1991),
是美國早期民歌手, 擅長西部民謠及宗教歌曲。
他有一首描寫礦工生涯的歌曲 sixteen tons
據作者Merle Travis說是其當謀礦工父親的親身經歴,
此曲已售出超過二千萬張唱片。

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

Chorus:
You load sixteen tons, and whattaya get?
Another day older and deeper in debt
St. Peter don'cha call me, cause I can't go
I owe my soul to the company store

I was born one morning 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 store boss said, "Well bless my soul!"

Chorus

I was born one morning, it was drizzlin' rain
Fightin' and trouble are my middle name
I was raised in the cambric by an old mama lion
Cain't no high-toned woman make me walk the line

Chorus

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 getcha then the left one will










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