Heptune presents:

Penitentiary Bound Blues

Transcribed from Rosa Henderson and the Choo Choo Jazzers, vocals by Rosa Henderson, recorded 2/19/25.
From Rosa Henderson: Complete Recorded Works in Chronological Order, vol. 3 (1924-1926), Document Records, DOCD-5403.

Goin' to the work house, my heart's filled with grief and strife,
Goin' to the work house, my heart's filled with grief and strife,
Goin' to the penitentiary; judge, he sentenced me for life.

Good-bye, everybody, here's the jailor with the key,
Good-bye, everybody, here's the jailor with the key,
Farewell to my freedom; ain't no use to pity me.

Gonna get my number, four-eleven-forty-four,
Gonna get my number, four-eleven-forty-four,
Soon I'll be an inmate, with the steel upon my door.

Killed my triflin' papa, folks, I done commit a crime,
Killed my triflin' papa, folks, I done commit a crime,
Nothing will release me, nothing but old father time.



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Published 6/3/00.

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