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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).

Come you ladies and you gentlemen and listen to my song
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 plot
Till he gets himself 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 nothing it but the cracks in the wall
He'll work you in 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 and you work all day
Till way after night, but you get no pay
Promise you meat or a little 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 his wagon-load of peaches, not one of them is sound
He's got to have his money or somebody's check
You 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-hanging 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 trembling hand
"Can't pay you all, but I'll pay you what I can"
Then to the telephone the merchant make a call
They'll put you on the chain gang don't pay it all

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