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Sixteen Tons

Sixteen Tons
Tenessee Ernie Ford
Arranged by Aaron Fellows

Working Pace, q = 130

Soloist

Soprano

Alto

Tenor

Bass

Percussion

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mind that's weak and a back that's strong. You load

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in

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ol - der and

dee - per

in

debt.

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dee - per

in

debt.

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ol - der and

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owe my soul to the com - pa - ny store.

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I can't go.

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