“Been in the Pen So Long”


"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."


  1. Sandburg, pp. 220-221, "Been in the Pen So Long" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. Silber-FSWB, p. 65, "Been in the Pen So Long" (1 text)
  3. BI, San220


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1927 (Sandburg)
Keywords: prison home
Found in: US(So)