Indian Head Penny Lyrics

Guy Clark


publisher: ©Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
writers: Guy Clark, Verlon Thompson
album: Track 8 in album Cold Dog Soup
release date: 1999
popularity : 7 users have visited this page.
genres: Blues Folk, World, & Country
length: 3:33

Cover Art

Guy Clark Cold Dog Soup cover art
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I rolled off the San Francisco mint in 1909
The last one they ever made, you should've seen me shine
When I landed on the counter they gave me to a kid
Making change for a jaw breaker was the first thing that I did

I got traded for a pocket knife, two marbles and some string
Wound up on a railroad track waiting for a train
Snatched up by a hobo and turned right into wine
Pitched up against the wall at least a thousand times

[Chorus]
'Round and 'round a penny goes
'Round and back again
Listen and I'll tell you
The places that I've been

I got stolen from a banker by Pretty Boy Floyd and then
He gave me to a farmer who was trying to save his land
I was good luck to a soldier back in W.W.II
He lost me in a poker game the day the war was through

I got stuck behind the back seat of a '51 Chevrolet
Spare change in the sixties, getting worth less every day
Now it's piggy banks and gum machines and occasional wishing wells
Or laying on a barroom floor, Indian heads or tails

[Chorus]

I'm a pretty lucky penny, Lord it happens every time
Just when I start feeling lost and left behind
Some kid will pick me up and wonder where I've been
Put me in his pocket, and here I go again

[Chorus]


Track Listing

  • 1 Cold Dog Soup
  • 2 Fort Worth Blues
  • 3 Sis Draper
  • 4 Ain't No Trouble to Me
  • 5 Water Under the Bridge
  • 6 Forever, for Always, for Certain
  • 7 Men Will Be Boys
  • 8 Indian Head Penny
  • 9 Bunkhouse Blues
  • 10 Red River
  • 11 Die Tryin'
  • 12 Be Gone Forever