"In the Pines" as written by and Alan Riggs....
The longest train I ever saw
Went down that Georgia line
The engine went by at six o'clock
And the cab went by at nine

In the pines
In the pines
The sun never shines
And we shiver
When the north wind blows

Well I asked the captain
For the time of day
He said he
Threw his watch away

A long steel rail
And a short cross tie
And I'm on my
Way back home

In the pines
In the pines
The sun never shines
And we shiver
When the north wind blows

Little girl
Little girl
What have I done
That makes you treat me this way
Well you have caused
Me to weep
You caused me to moan
You caused me to leave my home

In the pines
In the pines
The sun never shines
And we shiver
When the north wind blows






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"In the Pines" as written by Alan Riggs

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    General CommentThis is my favorite song of all.
    MCC5on January 25, 2009   Link
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    General CommentChorus is the (basically) same as the Leadbelly song "Where did you sleep last night"
    hemlock_echoon February 09, 2009   Link
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    General CommentWell, it's a cover of a traditional track, as was the Leadbelly.

    I find this the most heart-achingly evocative, affecting version I've heard.
    ducksandsunshineon December 21, 2009   Link

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