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aprile 24, 2007

 

Sixteen Tons

(Merle Travis)

I was born one mornin’ when the sun didn’t shine
Picked up a shovel and I walked to the mine
I hauled Sixteen Tons of number 9 coal
And the straw-boss said, "Well, bless my soul"

(Chorus:)

You haul Sixteen Tons, whadaya get?
Another 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

Repeat Chorus

Born one morning it was drizzle and rain
Fightin’ and Trouble are my middle name
I was raised in a canebrake by an old mama lion
And no high-toned woman make me walk the line

Repeat Chorus

See me comin’ better step aside
A lot of men didn’t and a lot of men died
I got one fist of iron and the other of steel
And if the right one don’t get ya, the left one will

Repeat Chorus

Born one mornin’ when the sun didn’t shine
Picked up a shovel and I walked to the mine
I hauled Sixteen Tons of number 9 coal
And the straw-boss said, "Well, bless my soul"

Repeat Chorus

Questa è una canzone scritta da un minatore americano più di cinquant’anni fa.

A me sembra che serva anche a descrivere piuttosto bene la situazione di tanti lavoratori nel nostro Paese.

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One Comment
  1. KChannel permalink
    aprile 24, 2007 5:38 pm

    uno sono io per esempio…a proposito…perchè tra tutto questo marasma…nessuno cita + le cooperative?…sfruttamento autorizzato….;)

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