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Where Did You Sleep Last Night?
Leadbelly Lyrics


My girl, my girl, don't lie to me
Tell me where did you sleep last night
In the pines, in the pines
Where the sun don't ever shine
I would shiver the whole night through

My girl, my girl, where will you go
I'm going where the cold wind blows
In the pines, in the pines
Where the sun don't ever shine
I would shiver the whole night through

My girl, my girl, don't you lie to me
Tell me where did you sleep last night
In the pines, in the pines
Where the sun don't ever shine
I would shiver the whole night through

My husband, was a hard working man
Killed a mile and a half from here
His head was found in a driving wheel
And his body hasn't ever been found

My girl, my girl, don't you lie to me
Tell me where did you sleep last night
In the pines, in the pines
Where the sun don't ever shine
I would shiver the whole night through

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Nick Goyhenetche

Lyrics :


My girl, my girl, don't lie to me
Tell me where did you sleep last night
In the pines, in the pines
Where the sun don't ever shine
I would shiver the whole night through


My girl, my girl, where will you go
I'm going where the cold wind blows
In the pines, in the pines
Where the sun don't ever shine
I would shiver the whole night through


My girl, my girl, don't you lie to me
Tell me where did you sleep last night
In the pines, in the pines
Where the sun don't ever shine
I would shiver the whole night through


My husband, was a hard working man
Killed a mile and a half from here
His head was found in a driving wheel
And his body hasn't ever been found


My girl, my girl, don't you lie to me
Tell me where did you sleep last night
In the pines, in the pines
Where the sun don't ever shine
I would shiver the whole night through



Robert Siegfried

There's two main versions of this. The mountain version and the railroad version.

In the mountain version the ghost of a young girl appears before her father covered in blood the morning after her murder. She was murdered and her body left dead and cold all night in the wilderness deep in the mountains, hence in the pines in the pines ect..

This version seems to be about a girl, heartbroken from the death of her love in a railroad accident, runs off into the woods and maybe kills herself. Perhaps it too is her ghost talking but they really give no indication of being a ghost or any real death of the woman, only her husband.

I think the mountain version is the older version and could predate the US or could be a mountain original, but its structured in narrative like many English ballads. Sounds like maybe the railroad workers heard the song passing through and reworked it. The poetry fits more in with the situation and story told in the mountain version. These exchanges of music between the black workers and mountain folk is actually a really crucial point in the blending of the black and white music. Many ballads that were picked up later became famous jazz and blues songs like St. James Infirmary Blues. Whites picked up lots of their music as well and blended it in with the string band music.

Just thought I'd throw what I know out there. The origins of this song are interesting to me. We can never REALLY know where it comes from.



개비정한세상

Lyrics
:

My girl, my girl, don't lie to me
Tell me where did you sleep last night
In the pines, in the pines
Where the sun don't ever shine
I would shiver the whole night through

My girl, my girl, where will you go
I'm going where the cold wind blows
In the pines, in the pines
Where the sun don't ever shine
I would shiver the whole night through

My girl, my girl, don't you lie to me
Tell me where did you sleep last night
In the pines, in the pines
Where the sun don't ever shine
I would shiver the whole night through

My husband, was a hard working man
Killed a mile and a half from here
His head was found in a driving wheel
And his body hasn't ever been found

My girl, my girl, don't you lie to me
Tell me where did you sleep last night
In the pines, in the pines
Where the sun don't ever shine
I would shiver the whole night through



Die Wacht

My girl, my girl, don't lie to me
Tell me where did you sleep last night
In the pines, in the pines
Where the sun don't ever shine
I would shiver the whole night through
My girl, my girl, where will you go
I'm going where the cold wind blows
In the pines, in the pines
Where the sun don't ever shine
I would shiver the whole night through
Her husband, was a hard working man
Just about a mile from here
His head was found in a driving wheel
But his body never was found
My girl, my girl, don't lie to me
Tell me where did you sleep last night
In the pines, in the pines
Where the sun don't ever shine
I would shiver the whole night through
My girl, my girl, where will you go
I'm going where the cold wind blows
In the pines, in the pines
Where the sun don't ever shine
I would shiver the whole night through
My girl, my girl, don't lie to me
Tell me where did you sleep last night
In the pines, in the pines
Where the sun don't ever shine
I would shiver the whole night through
My girl, my girl, where will you go
I'm going where the cold wind blows
In the pines, in the pines
Where the sun don't ever shine
I would shiver the whole night through



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XD

Kyle Bradley

Are you sure?

Kyle Bradley

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Marshall See

Fuck you all this is my last song of the evening 🎸⭐️🇺🇸😎😎😎😎😂🍺

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evanisovich

Back in 2003, I went to visit my grandma in her rest home. She didn’t remember me, my brother, or even my father (her son). She was confused why we were there. She taught me many old blues and folk songs as a child, including this one. I started singing “My girl, my girl...” she immediately joined in, “don’t you lie to me/tell me where did you sleep last night..” We sang a couple of more bars before she asked “Young man, where did you learn that song?” I said, “You, grandma. You taught me that song.”

She looked over to the caretaker and said “This kid is trying to trick me!”

It was the last time I ever saw Grandma Rose. I miss her so much. ❤️

Ed Clemens

Beautiful story, it brought tears to my eyes.
Music is a wonderful thing.

Sandra Sword

Sounds like your Grandma Rose was an awesome lady.

DCLUVSPIE

That made me cry because my Grandma is to that stage right now we always have to talk about the old days..

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