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Down on Penny's Farm

This song is by The Bently Boys and appears on the compilation Anthology of American Folk Music (1952) and on the compilation American Epic: The Collection (2017).

Come you ladies and 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
Out on Penny's farm

You move out on Penny's farm
Plant a little crop of 'bacco and a little crop of corn
Come around to see you, gonna flit and flot
Till you get yourself a mortgage on everything you got

It's hard times in the country
Out on Penny's farm

Hasn't George Penny got a flattering mouth?
Move you to the country in a little log house
Got no windows but the cracks in the wall
He'll work you all the summer and rob you in the fall

It's hard times in the country
Out on Penny's farm

You go in the fields, you work all day
Way into night but you get no pay
Promised some meat or a little bucket o' lard
It's hard to be a renter on Penny's farm

It's hard times in the country
Out on Penny's farm

Here's George Penny, he'll come into town
With a wagon-load of peaches, not a one of 'em sound
Got to have his money or somebody's check
Pay him for a bushel and you don't get a peck

It's hard times in the country
Out on Penny's farm

George Penny's renters, they'll come into town
With their hands in their pockets and their head a-hangin' down
Go in the store and the merchant will say
"Your mortgage is due and I'm looking for my pay"

It's hard times in the country
Out on Penny's farm

Down in his pocket with a tremblin' hand
"Can't pay it 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 y' don't pay it all

It's hard times in the country
Out on Penny's farm

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