"Sixteen Tons" - Tennessee Ernie Ford. 1956. Another older song, for an older generation. Sunny's grandma loves Tennessee Ernie Ford, especially his hymns. In fact, she hates this song, but I love it. "I owe my soul to the company store..."
"Sixteen Tons" is a song about the life of a coal miner, first recorded in 1946 by American country singer Merle Travis and released on his box set album Folk Songs of the Hills the following year. A 1955 version recorded by Tennessee Ernie Ford reached number one in the Billboard charts,