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Possible Misspelled Names:

These are the alternate spellings of the performer's name we've had to correct in submissions to amIright.

Tennesee Ernie Ford, Tenessee Ernie Ford

Music Performer Pseudonyms:

Also known as: Ernest Jennings Ford. Submitted by: Countryboy

Music Performer Nicknames:

Known informally as: The Pea Picker. Submitted by: Martha Hankins

Use a Song Title to Answer a Different Song:

Song & Band Name
Song & Band Name
"How Much," Mariah Carey"Sixteen Tons," Tennessee Ernie Ford
"Weight Of My Mistakes," Seal"Sixteen Tons," Tennessee Ernie Ford
"The Weight Of Love," LeAnn Rimes"Sixteen Tons," Tennessee Ernie Ford
"The Weight," The Band"Sixteen Tons," Tennessee Ernie Ford
There are additional songs titles that answer other songs available.

Remove a Letter From a Song Title:

"Lad Rags" originally "Glad Rags"
Alyssa Jayne

Add a Letter to a Song Title:

"One Suite" originally "One Suit"
Candy Welty
"Gland Rags" originally "Glad Rags"
Sally Kedoula
"Glad Rages" originally "Glad Rags"
Sally Kedoula
"Sixteen Tongs" originally "Sixteen Tons"
That would be 8 pairs, since tongs are inseparable
Lou Quilson
"Sixteen Towns" originally "Sixteen Tons"

There are additional song titles with a letter added available.

Change a Letter:

"Sixteen Tens" originally "Sixteen Tons"
That would equal 160.
"One Skit" originally "One Suit"
Candy Welty
"One Spit" originally "One Suit"
Candy Welty
"One Slit" originally "One Suit"
Candy Welty
"Sixteen Tots" originally "Sixteen Tons"
Candy Welty

There are additional song titles with a letter changed available.

Song Parody Lyrics:

Original Song Name
Parody Song Name
Parody Author
"Sixteen Tons""Thirteen Ones"Troll Survivor
"Sixteen Tons""Thirteen Russks"Chris Bodily TM
"16 Tons""The United Corporations of America"aRot
"Sixteen Tons""Sixteen Rounds"Barry J. Mitchel
"Sixteen Tons""Sixteen Tats"Rod Worden
"Sixteen Tons""Singin' Bass"Airfarcewon
"Sixteen Tons (of #9 coal)""Sixteen Terms (of Barney Frank)"Barry J. Mitchel
"Sixteen Tons""Sixteen Puns"Porfle Popnecker
"Sixteen Tons""Sing Four Songs"Old Man Ribber
"Ballad Of Davy Crockett""Ballad Of Jack Masten"Old Man Ribber

There are additional song parodies available.

Bad Choices for On Hold Music:

Song Name
Sixteen TonsWeight Watchersphishphan
16 TonsEmployment Agency, Loan Consolidation Hotline, Credit Counseling HotlineIngeborg S. Norden

Songs for Duets, That Haven't Been Done Yet:

First Band/Song Name
Second Band/Song Name
New Song Name
Only Sixteen
   Sam Cooke
Sixteen Tons
   Tennessee Ernie Ford
Only Sixteen Tons
   ZZ Top
Sixteen Tons
   Tennessee Ernie Ford
Sixteen Ton Legs
Happy Birthday, Sweet Sixteen
   Neil Sedaka
Sixteen Tons
   Tennessee Ernie Ford
Happy Birthday, Sweet Sixteen Tons
Jennifer Howard
Sixteen Tons
   Tennessee Ernie Ford
Sixteen Candles
   The Crests
Sixteen Tons of Candles
That's a heavy load o' wax you haulin'.
There are additional duets that haven't been done yet available.

If Groups Combined, Their Names Might Be:

Tennessee Ernie Ford Cars
Tennessee Ernie Ford combined with The Cars
Submitted By: Candy Welty

Misheard Lyrics:

"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 fist of iron, the other of steel
If the left one don't get you then the right one will.
"Sixteen Tons"
Misheard Lyrics:
I sold my soul to the company store.
Original Lyrics:
I owe my soul to the company store.
"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.
"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.
There are additional misheard lyrics available.

Misheard Lyrics Stories:

"Sixteen Tons"
Misheard Lyrics:
I sold my soul for the company dole.
Original Lyrics:
I owe my soul to the company store.

Story about this misheard lyric by: aHEMagain

Timeline shift.

There are additional misheard stories available.

Insulting Song Lyrics:

"Sixteen Tons"
The Insulting Lyrics:
Some people say a man is made outta mud.
A poor man's made outta muscle and blood,
Muscle and blood and skin and bones,
A mind that's a-weak and a back that's strong.
Why They're Insulting:
Not all poor men are weak-minded, by any means!
Submitted by: Lisa Rose

Songs That Open With Their Titles:

"One Suit"
Opening Lines:
One suit, one suit was all I had
Submitted by: Claire Grayson
"First Born"
Opening Lines:
First born, this infant with his mother's eyes is our first born
Submitted by: Claire Grayson

Scary Song Lyrics:

"Sixteen Tons"
The Lyrics:
If you see me coming, better step aside.
A lot of men didn't. A lot of men died.
One fist of iron, the other of steel,
If the right one don't get you, then the left one will.
It is ironic. If you look at COLLECTIONS of songs of Tennessee Ernie Ford, it seems he would have been wanted to be remembered mainly as a gospel singer. But instead he became pretty much a one-hit wonder for this song. Perhaps the song is meant to be humorous. Nonetheless, the potentially menacing nature of these lyrics is pretty much self-explanatory.
Submitted by: Karen Smith

Song Title Space Change:

"Six Teen Tons" originally "Sixteen Tons"
Six teenaged hippos or something?
Submitted by: Karen Smith
"Christ Ma's Dinner" originally "Christmas Dinner"
Submitted by: Mark Chestnut Roasting On An Open Fire

Song Title Anagrams:

"Drags Lag" originally "Glad Rags"
Submitted by: Angie O'Plasty
"Lags Drag" originally "Glad Rags"
Submitted by: Angie O'Plasty

Song Title Spoonerisms:

"Ticks Teen Sons" originally "Sixteen Tons"
Submitted by: Adlai Alda

Band Name Spoonerisms:

Ernessee Tenney Ford originally "Tennessee Ernie Ford"
My mom could never say his name right…
Submitted by: crazydon

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