Been in the Pen So Long

DESCRIPTION: "Been in the pen so long, Oh honey, I'll be long gone, Been in the pen, Lord, I got to go again...." The singer tells of lonesomeness. He mentions that "some folks crave for Memphis, Tennessee, But New Orleans [or another city] is good enough for me."
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1927 (Sandburg-TheAmericanSongbag)
KEYWORDS: prison home
REFERENCES (2 citations):
Sandburg-TheAmericanSongbag, pp. 220-221, "Been in the Pen So Long" (1 text, 1 tune)
Silber/Silber-FolksingersWordbook, p. 65, "Been in the Pen So Long" (1 text)

Roud #29310
File: San220

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