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Misheard lyrics (also called mondegreens) occur when people misunderstand the lyrics in a song. These are NOT intentional rephrasing of lyrics, which is called parody. This page contains all the misheard lyrics for Sixteen Tons that have been submitted to this site and the old collection from inthe80s started in 1996. For more information about the misheard lyrics available on this site, please read our FAQ.

Tennessee Ernie Ford's, "Sixteen Tons"
Misheard Lyrics:
I owe my soul to the company stole.
Original Lyrics:
I owe my soul to the company store.
Tennessee Ernie Ford's, "Sixteen Tons"
Misheard Lyrics:
I owe my soul to the company stove.
Original Lyrics:
I owe my soul to the company store.
Tennessee Ernie Ford's, "Sixteen Tons"
Misheard Lyrics:
I sold my soul for the company dole.
Original Lyrics:
I owe my soul to the company store.
Tennessee Ernie Ford's, "Sixteen Tons"
Misheard Lyrics:
I sold my soul to the company store.
Original Lyrics:
I owe my soul to the company store.
Merle Travis', "Sixteen Tons"
Misheard Lyrics:
Oh, Lord, you're six feet tall, and what do you get?
Original Lyrics:
You load sixteen tons, and what do you get?
Merle Travis' version of this song came out in the 1940's, so selecting 50's would be incorrect. Use either "misc" or "country" (since it *is* a country song).
Tennessee Ernie Ford's, "Sixteen Tons"
Misheard Lyrics:
One hand is iron, the other is steel
If the left one don't get you then the right one wheel.
Original Lyrics:
One hand is iron, the other is steel
If the left one don't get you then the right one will.
Tennessee Ernie Ford's, "Sixteen Tons"
Misheard Lyrics:
Sixteen tons and what do you get
Another day older and deeper in s***.
Original Lyrics:
Sixteen tons and what do you get
Another day older and deeper in debt.
Tennessee Ernie Ford's, "Sixteen Tons"
Misheard Lyrics:
St. Peter, don't you kamikaze, I can't go.
Original Lyrics:
St. Peter, don't you call me, 'cause I can't go.
Merle Travis', "Sixteen Tons"
Misheard Lyrics:
Yes he's a maniac Kentucky coal miner.
Original Lyrics:
Yes sir there's a-many a Kentucky coal miner.
Merle Travis', "Sixteen Tons"
Misheard Lyrics:
Yuh load sixteen tons
And what do you get
Another deodorant, deeper in debt
Original Lyrics:
Yuh load sixteen tons
And what do you get
Another day older and deeper in debt

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