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​Penitentiary

This song is by Bessie Tucker and appears on the compilation album Bessie Tucker (1928-1929) (2005).

Ah ha ha, what's the matter with my man today
Ah ha ha, what's the matter with my man today
I ask him if he love me, Lord and he walked away

Penitentiary penitentiary, oh is going to be my home
Penitentiary penitentiary, oh is going to be my home
Because my man he mistreated me, Lord he have done me wrong

The man that I'm a-loving, Lord he going get me killed
The man that I'm a-loving, Lord he going get me killed
Because love is a proposition, that's got many a poor girl killed

I'll love you a minute, oh but you won't behave
I'll love you a minute, oh but you won't behave
You going to keep on a-palling, you going to wake up in your grave

Recorded:

29 Aug. 1928, Memphis, TN