Down on Penny’s Farm

(Traditional)

From the album The House Carpenter’s Daughter

Come here ladies and gentleman, listen to my song. Play it to you right but you may think it wrong, it may make you mad but I mean no harm. It’s just about the renters on Penny’s farm. It’s a hard time in the country, down on Penny’s farm.

Go into the fields and you work all day, deep into the night but you get no pay. He’ll promise you some meat or a little bucket of lard. It’s hard to make a living on Penny’s farm. It’s a hard time in the country, down on Penny’s farm.

Hear George Penny, he’ll be coming into town with a wagon load of peaches (not a one of them sound). He’s gotta get his money, he’s
gotta get a check. He’ll pay you for a bushel but you never get a peck. It’s a hard time in the country, down on Penny’s farm.

George Penny’s renters, they be coming into town with their hands in their pockets and their heads hanging down. Go to the merchant and the merchant he’ll say, “your mortgage it is due and I’m looking for my pay.” It’s a hard time in the country, down on Penny’s farm.

Deep into his pocket with a trembling hand, “can’t pay you what I owe but I’ll pay you what I can.” Down to the merchant and the merchant makes a call. They’ll put you on the chain gang, don’t pay at all. Well, it’s a hard time in the country, down on Penny’s farm.