"East Virginia" as written by and Joan Baez....
I was born in east Virginia
North Carolina I did roam
There I met a fair pretty maiden
Her name and age, I do not know

Her hair, it was of a bright some color
And her lips of a ruby red
On her breast she wore white lilies
There I longed to lay my head

Well, in my heart you are my darling
And at my door, you're welcome in
At my gate, I'll meet you my darling
If your love I could only win

I'd rather be in some dark holler
Where the sun refused to shine
Then to see you another man's darling
And to know that you'll never be mine

Well, in the night I'm dreaming about you
In the day, I find no rest
Just the thought of you my darling
Sends aching pains all through my breast

Well, when I'm dead and in my coffin
With my feet turned toward the sun
Come and sit beside me darling
Come and think on the way you done


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"East Virginia" as written by Joan C. Baez

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    General Comment"I'd rather be in some dark holler"... I do not know the word _holler_ (rhymed with _darling_). The context is like Robert Burns'
    Or were I in the wildest waste,
    Sae black and bare, sae black and bare

    Well, the lad is so simple a soul that he can't think a way to know his love's name. He is going to die just so, not knowing. Sang by Joan Baez, it is touching, really!
    vphion September 14, 2009   Link
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    General Comment"holler"="hollow" in a rural Virginia accent. Basically any deep indentation in the ground.
    Letmeinon March 27, 2010   Link

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