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Tennessee Ernie Ford Stuns With Rare, Charismatic Performance Of "Sixteen Tons"

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An American recording artist and television host, Tennessee Ernie Ford is best known for his hit single "Sixteen Tons," and it's no wonder!

In 1955, Ernie hit the pop charts with "Sixteen Tons", and it was such an unexpected milestone for this middle-aged country star! Ford had no idea how people would relate to his rendition of this song about a coal-miner, but to his surprise, it was a huge hit! 

Ernie Ford added his own unique touch to the song: snapping his fingers while singing, and a clarinet-driven pop arrangement implemented by ford's music director, really made it a hit song for this amazing up-and-comer!

To Ernie's surprise, "Sixteen Tons" spent 10 weeks at number one on the country charts and eight weeks at the top of the pop charts.

This video performance of Ernie singing "Sixteen Tons" is amazing, and throughout the whole live performance, Ernie is snapping his fingers and enjoying the song just as much as the rest of us.

Check out this rare, live performance, and see why this song skyrocketed Ernie's career for the better!

LYRICS BELOW

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
Cain'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

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