Sixteen Tons" is a song written by Merle Travis about a coal miner, based on life in coal mines in Muhlenberg County, Kentucky. Cliffie Stone played bass on the recording. The song became a gold record.
But the song did not receive much notice. In fact, during the Cold War hysteria of the late 1940s, songs dealing with workers’ woes by folk music activists, as they were called, became suspect. In 1954 Tennessee Ernie Ford became nationally known through his several appearances on the I Love Lucy TV show as a visiting country cousin. Ford knew the Sixteen Tons song from working with Merle Travis who had appeared on Hometown Jamboree. Ford’s grandfather and uncle had also worked in the mines.
Merle Travis was born and raised in Muhlenberg County, Kentucky, a place which would inspire many of Travis' original songs. This is the same coal mining county mentioned in the John Prine song "Paradise"). He became interested in the guitar early in life and originally played one made by his brother. This album, featuring Travis accompanied only on his guitar, contains his two most enduring songs, both centered on the lives of coal miners: "Sixteen Tons" and "Dark as a Dungeon". Sixteen Tons" became a No. 1 Billboard country hit for Tennessee Ernie Ford in 1955 and has been recorded many times over the years.
This isn't a definitive Merle Travis collection, but it does a good job of filling the gaps in Razor & Tie's Sweet Temptation compilation. It may omit "Cannon Ball Rag" and some other quintessential performances, but makes up for it by including the entire Folk Songs of the Hills album, with the original versions of "Nine Pound Hammer" and "Dark as a Dungeon
Sixteen Tons (Merle Travis). The War of Labour: Emigration, Immigration, Exploitation, Slavery. Album: Folk Songs of the Hills. The saddest songs are written when a person is happy. I was driving home after a date with a beautiful girl in Redondo Beach, California. I had a recording session to do the next morning and needed some material. I parked my car under a street light and wrote the verses to "Dark As A Dungeon. I never will forget one time when I was on a little visit down home in Ebenezer, Kentucky. I was a-talkin' to an old man that had known me ever since the day I was born, and an old friend of the family. He says, "Son, you don't know how lucky you are to have a nice job like you've got and don't have to dig out a livin' from under these old hills and hollers like me and your pappy used t.
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Sixteen Tons" is a song written by Merle Travis about a coal miner, based on life in coal mines in Muhlenberg County, Kentucky. Among his many well-known songs are "Sixteen Tons," "Re-Enlistment Blues," "I am a Pilgrim," and "Dark as a Dungeon. Sixteen Tons Dark as a Dungeon Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame Rosewood, Kentucky The Everly Brothers. Tennessee Ernie Ford. A 1955 version recorded by Tennessee Ernie Ford reached number one in the Billboard charts, while another version by Frankie Laine 1956 was released only in Western Europe, where it gave Ford's version competition. Noted for his rich bass-baritone voice and down-home humor, he is remembered for his hit recordings of "The Shotgun Boogie" and "Sixteen Tons". Sixteen Tons Country music The Shotgun Boogie Smokey Mayfield Bristol, Tennessee. Folk Songs of the Hills.
It may omit "Cannon Ball Rag" and some other quintessential performances, but makes up for it by including the entire Folk Songs of the Hills album, with the original versions of "Nine Pound Hammer" and "Dark as a Dungeon. The bulk of this material was recorded during Travis' late-'40s peak, which means, unfortunately, that there is nothing from Walkin' the Strings, but then, anyone lucky enough to find a copy of that album should have a contractual obligation to pick it up. Track Listing.
Merle Travis – Dark As A Dungeon lyrics. Write my explanationnew. Oh come all you young fellers so young and so fine Seek not your fortune in a dark dreary mine It'll form as a habit and seep in your soul Till the stream of your blood runs as black as the coal Where it's dark as a dungeon damp as the dew danger is double pleasures are few Where the rain. never falls the sun never shines It's a dark as a dungeon way down in the mine