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Sixteen Tons is a song written by Merle Travis and performed by Tennessee Ernie Ford. It was featured as a montage song in the Season Twenty-Two episode "Unfulfilled".

The song was also previously sung by Butters in the episode "Stupid Spoiled Whore Video Playset".

Background

The song plays during a montage which shows Stephen Stotch's daily routine as an employee at the new South Park's Amazon Fulfillment Center. He is seen working harder to provide his family with the stuff they need. The song is fully played until the end, without any interruptions.

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
Can'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

References


Songs from Season Twenty-Two
A Place To Fall Apart | A Drink Before Going Home | Bike Parade | Faith In Christ | Flash Light | It's a Love Thing | More Bounce to the Ounce | No Easy Way Out | On a Colorado Farm | PC Babies | Silent Night | Sixteen Tons | Sweet Love | Today | Two Princes | Unfulfilled | Wee Cooper O'Fife | (Where Do I Begin?) Love Story

See Also: List of Songs | Season Twenty-Two

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