“In the Pines” Lyrics: First Draft

As I discussed in the Lyrical Research post I want to create my version of the titular song for In the Pines. One of the goals I had for myself was to take the common verses and themes and work them into a story. I wrote this first draft from a female perspective and hopefully the narrative makes sense. I also wanted the first and last verse to stay close to the Cecile Sharp version of the song, only changing “black girl” to “my girl”. I’d love to hear any thoughts, opinions, or feedback on the what I’ve put together.

My girl, my girl, don’t lie to me,
where did you stay last night?
I stayed, in the pines, where the sun never shines,
and shivered when the cold wind blows.

The longest train I ever saw,
came down the Georgia line.
The engine stopped at the six-mile post,
before the cab had left town.

My husband was a hardworking man,
killed a mile and a half from town.
His head was found in it’s driving wheel,
but his body was never found.

My girl, my girl, don’t lie to me,
tell me where did you sleep last night?
I slept, in the pines, where the sun never shines,
and I shivered the whole night through.

I look up, and down, that long lonesome line,
to the place where I now must go.
To the pines, to the pines, where the sun never shines,
where I’ll shiver when the cold wind blows.

My girl, my girl, where will you go?
I’m going where the cold wind blows.
To the man, near the mines, who sleeps in the pines,
where we’ll shiver the whole night though.

My husband was a hard-drinking man,
killed a mile and a half from town.
They found his head in it’s driving wheel,
but his body won’t ever be found.

My girl, my girl, don’t lie to me,
where did you stay last night?
I stayed, in the pines, where the sun never shines,
and shivered when the cold wind blows.

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