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IN THE PINES (Variant titles: "Black Girl" and "Where Did You Sleep Last Night") (Traditional**) Peg Leg Howell - 1929 Fiddlin' Arthur Smith & His Dixieliners - 1938 Bill Monroe - 1941 Huddie Ledbetter - 1944 Bascom Lamar Lunsford - 1949 Carter Sisters with Mother Maybelle & Chet Atkins - 1949 The Louvin Brothers - 1956 The Kossoy Sisters - 1956 Pete Seeger - 1957 Josh White - 1957 Lonnie Dinegan - 1957 Dave Van Ronk - 1959 The Browns - 1961 The New Christy Minstrels - 1961 Lorne Greene - 1962 Joan Baez - 1963 Penny Lang - 1963 The Kentucky Colonels - 1964 The Four Pennies - 1964 Jimmy Martin - 1965 The Sir Douglas Quintet - 1965 Clifford Jordan & Sandra Douglass - 1965 The Pleazers - 1965 Marianne Faithfull - 1965 The Osborne Brothers - 1966 Shawn Phillips - 1966 Grateful Dead - 1966 Tiny Tim - 1966 Warner Mack - 1966 Norma Tanega - 1967 Elton Britt - 1968 Strange Creek Singers - 1968 Jerry Reed - 1969 John Phillips - 1969 Long John Baldry & Maggie Bell - 1971 Link Wray - 1973 Vassar Clements - 1975 Gene Clark - 1977 Mickey Newbury - 1977 Boone Creek - 1978 Charlie McCoy - 1979 Ralph Stanley & Jimmy Martin - 1980 The Oak Ridge Boys - 1983 Blood On The Saddle feat. Annette Zilinskas - 1986 Mark Lanegan - 1989 Cows - 1992 Nirvana - 1994 Dolly Parton - 1994 Charlie Louvin - 1996 Odetta - 2001 Alexander Veljanov - 2001 Youth Gone Mad feat. Dee Dee Ramone - 2002 R. Crumb - 2003 Erin Bode - 2003 Smog - 2005 Susheela Raman - 2007 Julie Hohnson - 2008 Sam Marshall - 2008 Micah P. Hinson - 2009 Piter Wilkens - 2010 Hugo Race - 2010 Jack Rose - 2010 Also recorded by: Mac Wiseman; Duane Eddy; Earl Scruggs; Roscoe Holcomb; Joe Craven; Jackson C. Frank; The Pine Leaf Boys; Charlie Feathers; Elton Britt; Texas Jim Robertson; Doc Watson; Jimmie Davis; Tennessee Ernie Ford; Leon Russell; Josh White; Nathan Abshire............and many others. As recorded by TEXAS JIM ROBERTSON: The longest train I ever saw Was in the Georgia pines The train came by at six o'clock The cab came by at nine The purtiest girl I ever saw Lived down that railroad track Had clear blue eyes and golden hair In curls all down her back Look up, look down that railroad track Bend down my head and cry Little girl, little girl, what have I done That you should pass me by In the pines, in the pines Where the sun never shines And you shiver when the cold winds blow The longest train I ever saw was in the Georgia pines A train can come, a train can go It passes in the night And leaves a broken heart behind That nothin' can set right The whistle on that lonesome train It turns my heart to stone I know It means my love has gone And left me here alone The longest train I ever saw Stretched ten miles down the track It couldn't carry my grief away Unless it brought you back In the pines, in the pines Where the sun never shines And you shiver when the cold winds blow The longest train I ever saw was in the Georgia pines ********** As recorded by JIMMY MARTIN: The longest train I ever saw Went down that Georgia line The engine passed at six o'clock And the cab passed by at nine In the pines in the pines Where the sun never shines And we shiver when the cold winds blow Uh huh huh uh huh huh huh huh uh huh huh (Mandolin Solo) I asked the captain for the time of day He said he throwed his watch away Along steel rail and the short cross tie I'm on my way back home In the pines in the pines Where the sun never shines And we shiver when the cold winds blow Uh huh huh uh huh huh huh huh uh huh huh (Mandolin Solo) Little girl, little girl what have I done That makes you treat me so You've caused me to weep, you've caused me to mourn You've caused me to leave my home In the pines in the pines Where the sun never shines And we shiver when the cold winds blow Uh huh huh uh huh huh huh huh uh huh huh ********** As recorded by THE BROWNS: In the pines in the pines Where the sun never shines And you shiver when the cold winds blow Little girl, little girl, what have I done to make you treat me so You've caused me to weep you've caused me to mourn You've caused me to leave my home In the pines in the pines Where the sun never shines And you shiver when the cold winds blow The longest train I ever saw was on this railroad line The engine passed at eight o'clock The caboose went by at nine In the pines in the pines Where the sun never shines And you shiver when the cold winds blow ********** As recorded by ELTON BRITT: In the pines in the pines where the sun never shines And you shiver when the cold winds blow In the pines in the pines where the green top entwines With pillows of white when it snows There's a song in my heart I remember from time And it always brings mem'ries of home Like the old country school and the church in the wildwood And the walk through the pines all alone There's an old swimming hole and a creek that we fished in And the trails of the old beagle hounds And the homecoming days and the family reunions And the hymns that have kept me in ground In the pines in the pines where the sun never shines And you shiver when the cold winds blow In the pines in the pines where the green top entwines With pillows of white when it snows In the poorest of life there are all kinds of timbers And they all have the meaningful signs For the willow is weak while the oak's strong and mighty While the symbol of peace is the kind In the pines in the pines where the sun never shines And we shiver when the cold winds blow ********** As recorded by JERRY REED: Now the longest train I ever done seen Was in those Georgia lines Now that train came by at five o'clock And the cab came by at nine In the pines in the pines where the sun never shines And they shivered when the cold winds blow In the pines in the pines where the sun never shines And they shivered when the cold winds blow (Instrumental Break) Look down, look down that lonesome road Hang down your little head and cry Little girl, little girl what have I done That you should have passed me by In the pines in the pines where the sun never shines And they shivered when the cold winds blow Now the longest train I ever saw Was in those Georgia lines ********** As recorded by HUDDIE LEDBETTER: Black girl, black girl, don't lie to me Tell me where did you sleep last night In the pines, in the pines where the sun never shines And I shivered the whole night through Black girl, black girl, where will you go I'm goin' where the cold wind blows In the pines, in the pines where the sun never shines And I'll shiver the whole night through Black girl, black girl, don't lie to me Tell me where did you sleep last night In the pines, in the pines where the sun never shines And I shivered the whole night through My husband was a railroad man Killed a mile and a half from here His head was found in the driving wheel And his body hasn't ever been found Black girl, black girl, where will you go I'm goin' where the cold wind blows You caused me to weep and you caused me to mourn You caused me to leave my home ********** ** There have been so many versions of this song, with different titles and verses, that authorship is often wrongly attributed to Alan Riggs or Huddie Ledbetter. Although neither was the original writer, they both put their own stamp on the song with original arrangements and lyric variations. ********** Song research and transcriptions by Mel Priddle - January 2011)

    


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