So, when Ford came under pressure from Capitol to record a new song as he approached breach of contract due to an overfull schedule, he turned again to the song written by his friend. . His lyrics often discussed the life and exploitation of coal miners. The images are for illustrative purposes only and are not contractual. Doug Clifford will celebrate his 69th birthday in six days on April 24th, and one day later, on April 25th, Stu Cook will be celebrating his 69th birthday. When they ran out of money, the store would run a tab for the workers, which would indebt them to the store.
Thankfully, today, while still dangerous, conditions have improved, and at least workers are paid in cash for their labors. In 1955 Johnny Desmond took it to 17 and Tom Jones reached 68 with his version in 1967. Man, he rocks the hell out of it. Travis drew inspiration from his family back home in Ebeneezer, Kentucky. Heck, it could've been both! Living in these conditions often led men to become cynical, bitter, and hopeless, which is reflected in the lyrics of the song.
His strides in multiple facets of the entertainment industry helped pave the way for other artists throughout the years. 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 weak and a back that's strong You load sixteen tons, what do you get? Another day and in debt Saint don't you call me 'cause I can't go I owe my soul to the store. Looks like the YouTube vid here has Dinah Shore in the 60's? He was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1970 and elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1977. However, it is his masterful guitar playing and his interpretations of the rich musical traditions of his native Muhlenberg County, Kentucky for which he is best known today. On October 17, 1991, passed away, leaving behind a wide-ranging and hugely significant musical legacy. He paved his way in the world through his gregarious personality, his humor, his wit, and most notably, his distinctive baritone singing voice.
As stated above; many artists have covered it, with two of these versions making the Top 100. Not for money, mind you — we never got paid. Mine safety was lacking prior to formation of the miner's union, hours were long and pay was low. The picture on the left shows them having a laugh together, while the one on the right shows them performing together on Hee Haw in 1977. Another day and in debt Saint don't you call me 'cause I can't go I owe my soul to the store I was born one mornin', it was drizzlin' rain Fightin' and are my name I was in the by an ol' mama lion Cain´t no-a high-toned make me walk the line You load tons, what do you get? Mining companies operated company-owned stores that would sell miners the necessities of life, and since regular stores would not accept their script for payment, workers had to use the company store, purchasing items at often greatly inflated prices.
Granted, that was in the 90's. I owe my soul to the company store. His wide range of talent garnered him massive appeal, making him one of the most well-regarded crossover artists in modern history. Tennessee Ernie Ford recorded hundreds of albums, won countless awards and honors — including three stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, a Grammy, and the Presidential Medal of Freedom — and hosted and guest starred on a number of television shows. Miners were paid in script, not real money. Mining companies often owned the housing that miners lived in. Louis Park, MnOne of the first storysongs of the rock era.
Tennessee Ernie Ford gave a more powerful rendition than Merle Travis' original. But still, this song is great. Without expressed permission, all uses other than home and private use are forbidden. 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 high-toned woman make me walk the line You load sixteen tons, what do you get? Some say a man is made mud A poor man's made muscle and blood Muscle and and skin and bones A mind that's a-weak and a back that's strong You load tons, what do you get? All musical material is re-recorded and does not use in any form the original music or original vocals or any feature of the original recording. Another day and in debt Saint don't you call me 'cause I can't go I owe my soul to the store If you see me comin', step aside A men didn't, a men died One fist of iron, the of steel If the one don´t a-get you, then the left one will You load tons, what do you get? The band's bassist, Stu Cook, and drummer, Doug Clifford, were former members of Creedence Clearwater Revival. Lyrics licensed and provided by Please or to post comments.
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 get you, then the left one will You load sixteen tons, what do you get? By Summer Apostol, October 17, 2017 Today marks the anniversary of two important dates in music history. . . . . .
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