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Her rapist, a male soldier, is later beheaded by the train. This verse probably began as a separate song that later merged into "In the Pines".
The train is described as killing a loved one, as taking one's beloved away, or as leaving an itinerant worker far from home. The folk version by the Kossoy Sisters asks, "Little girl, little girl, where'd you stay last night?
Bill Monroe[ edit ] Bill Monroe 's and recordings, both under the title "In the Pines", were highly influential on later bluegrass and country versions. Lead Bellyrecorded over half-a-dozen versions between andmost often under the title, "Black Girl" or "Black Gal".
Their version reached No. I stayed in the pines where the sun never shines And shivered when the cold wind blows Ina version of the song was recorded onto phonograph cylinder by a folk collector.
Some versions of the song also reference the Great Depressionwith the "black girl" being a hobo on the move from the police, who witnesses the murder of her father while train-jumping.
One variant, performed in the early twentieth century by the Ellison clan Ora Ellison, deceased in Lookout MountainGeorgia, tells of a young Georgia girl who flees to the pines after being raped.
Lead Belly is often said to be the author of the song, e. The Railroad in American Folksong, the song came to consist of three frequent elements: Recorded with his Bluegrass Boys and featuring fiddles and yodellingthey represent the "longest train" variant of the song, and omit any reference to a decapitation.
While early renditions which mention the head in the " driver's wheel " make clear that the decapitation was caused by the train, some later versions would omit the reference to the train and reattribute the cause.
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His melody is a hard-driving blues, but the lyrics, when translated to English, are the familiar "Hey, my girl, where did you sleep last night? Early history[ edit ] Like numerous other folk songs, "In the Pines" was passed on from one generation and locale to the next by word of mouth.
However, Lead Belly didn't write the song, but reinterpreted it, as Song about dating an older woman other musicians before and after him. Browna former Governor of Georgiawho famously leased convicts to operate coal mines in the s.
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According to the American folklorist Alan LomaxLead Belly learned the song from someone's interpretation of the version compiled by Cecil Sharp, and by the phonograph recording. In her Ph.
The song is most associated with Nathan Abshirethe Louisiana Cajun accordion player, for whom "Pine Grove Blues" was his biggest hit. She hides from this by sleeping in the pines, in the cold.
Black girl, black girl, don't lie to me Where did you stay last night? The first printed version of the song, compiled by Cecil Sharpappeared inand comprised just four lines and a melody. This was the first documentation of "The Longest Train" variant of the song, which includes a verse about "The longest train I ever saw".