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Down On Penny's Farm, song lyrics

Song: Down On Penny's Farm
Lyrics: n/a(1) (2)

Music: n/a(1) (2)
Year: circa 1929
Genre: Folk
Country: USA

Come you ladies and you gentlemen and listen to my song;
I'll sing it to you right but you might think it's wrong;
May make you mad, but I mean no harm;
It's just about the renters on Penny's farm.

It's hard times in the country,
Down on Penny's farm.

Now you move out on Penny's farm,
Plant a little crop of 'bacco and a little crop of corn,
He'll come around to plan and plot,
'Til he gets himself a mortgage on everything you got.
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You go to the fields and you work all day,
Till way after dare, but you get no pay.
Promoise you meat or a little lard.
It's Hell to be a renter on Penny's farm.

Now here's George Penny come into town,
With a wagon-load of peaches, not one of them sound.
He's got to have money or somebody's check;
You pay him for a bushel and you don't get a peck.

Then George Penny's renters they come into town,
With their hands in their pockets and their hands hanging down.
Go in the store and the merchant will say:
"Your mortgage is due and I'm looking for my pay."
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Goes down in his pocket with a trembling hand,
"Can't pay you all but I'll pay you what I can."
Then to the telephone the merchant makes a call:
"They'll put you on the chain gang if you don't pay it all."

Yes Mr. George Penny has a big Overland;
He's a litte tough luck, he don't give a damn.
He'll run in the mud like a train on the track,
He'll haul you to the mountains but he won't bring you back.


1 - Recorded by The Bently Boys, 1929, Columbia 5565D (149254)

2 - It is supposed to be a recasting of an earlier song "Hard Times" according to Harry Smith's Anthology of American Folk Music.