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In The Pines - By Leadbelly

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In The Pines - By Leadbelly

In Cajun dialect:

Ey sha, ey sha, don you lie ta me
Tell me where you don slep las night?
(In dem pine, in dem pine, where dem sun nevah shine
I don shivah de hoe night tru

Ey sha, ey sha, where you gon go?
(I goin where dad code win blow
In dem pine, in dem pine, where dem sun nevah shine
I gon shivah de hoe night tru

(Mon cher, him wad a rayroad man
Kilt a mile and an a haf fom heah
Him head was foun in dem drivah’s wheel
An him body ain nevah ben foun)

Ey sha, ey sha, where you gon go?
(I goin where dem code win blow
You caw me weak, an you caw me de mos
You cawed Rita, bring me bag home)


Translation: 

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 shine
I shivered the whole night through)

Black girl, black girl, where will you go
(Im going where the cold wind blows
In the pines, In the pines, Where the sun never shine
I will shiver the whole night through)

(My Husband was a Railroad man
Killed a mile and a half from here
His head, was found in a drivers wheel
And his body hasn't never been found)

Black girl, black girl, where will you go?
(I'm going where the cold wind blows
You called me weak, and you called me the most
You called Rita, bring me back home)

This paragraph was copied direct from Wikepedia:
In the Pines", also known as "Black Girl" and "Where Did You Sleep Last Night", is a traditional American folk song which dates back to at least the 1870s, and is believed to be Southern Appalachian in origin. The identity of the song's author is unknown, but it has been recorded by many artists in numerous genres. Traditionally, it is most often associated with the American blues musician Lead Belly, who recorded several versions in the 1940s, as well as the American bluegrass musician Bill Monroe, who helped popularize the song (in a different variant, featuring lyrics about a train) among bluegrass and country audiences with his versions recorded in the 1940s and 1950s.

Note: When I say 'Cajun dialect' I mean it is an 'attempt' at that dialect...A real cajun would do it far more justice then I ever could
'Mon cher' means 'my dear', not 'my husband'...'Ey sha' means 'hey dear'
By far the best known version of this song would be Nirvana's stunning performance of it on MTV Unplugged...I believe it was also the lead singer, Kurt Cobain's last performance...

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  1. Date: 7/2/2013 6:32:00 PM
    Thoroughly enjoyed this creative post.. I feel washed by all the spirits this classic represents. Wonderfully done.... Jake

  1. Date: 6/30/2013 10:51:00 PM
    Oh this is awesome. May I too copy it for myself.

  1. Date: 6/30/2013 9:15:00 PM
    I loved this Tim ...I have friends from LA and this reminds me of them and our crawfish boils! Thanks

  1. Date: 6/30/2013 7:01:00 PM
    Heart wrenching! wonderful, thank you for steering me here. Light & Love Cher

  1. Date: 6/30/2013 6:44:00 PM
    interesting Tim, thank you for sharing. <3 SKAT