29.10.11

"sixteen tons" (merle travis)



(fotografia de debbie fleming caffery, "papa" (s/d)


"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" (1)

tennessee ernie ford



(1) retirado do disco tennessee ernie ford invites you to come to the fair (1960)

4 comentários:

Pedra do Sertão disse...

Passeando pelo blog...colocando a leitura em dia e o inglês também...rss.

Abraço

jorge vicente disse...

Beijinhos, amiga!!!!
Jorge

tecas disse...

Como sempre, poeta de elite, os teus post são de muito bom gosto.
Bem hajas e parabéns pelos teus poemas. Adorei e vou voltar a reler. Não apaguei.
Bjito amigo e um bom fim de semana.

jorge vicente disse...

Muitos e muitos beijos, querida amiga :)

Jorge