In The Pines

This is the most recent version (3/12/10). Suggestions would be appreciated!

In The Pines - 3/12/10

I decided to add In The Pines to my repertoire when I was watching this random video that was posted on Tumblr. The background music was Lead Belly's version of "Where Did You Sleep Last Night". I found a version of Nicole Atkins singing it and thought it would be fun to cover, but I didn't want to cover Nicole Atkins covering Nirvana covering Lead Belly covering someone else, etc. So, I decided to do a little research.

I found out that the song was actually a cluster of at least three songs in one, "Where Did You Sleep Last Night," "In the Pines," and "The Longest Train," which meant that I could get away with stitching the three together in some way that makes sense to me. Here's a site I found that explains the history, but I'll admit, I got most of my information from the Wikipedia article.

I was inspired by the Joan Baez version and added one of her verses from "The Longest Train". I hadn't heard any women sing it until I heard the Nicole Atkins version and she changed "my girl" to "my love". After learning a little about the history of the song and the different versions, I chose to use "little girl". The song, to me, isn't about a cheating lover. I found out that in some versions, it's about a girl who was raped and fled into the woods to escape her attacker. The real explanation is that no one can really pinpoint an origin or a meaning, so I'll leave it up to you to make up one for yourself.

This is my version of the story:

Little girl, little 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.

Little girl, little 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,
Died a mile out of town
His head was found in a driving wheel,
But his body was never found.

Little girl, little 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.

The longest train I ever saw
Was a hundred coaches long
And the only boy I ever loved
Is on that train and gone

Little girl, little 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.

Little girl, little 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.

Little girl, girl, where will you go?
I'm going where the cold wind blows.
In the pines, the pines,
The sun don't shine
I would shiver the whole night through

I recorded it in the studio today (3/12/10). Suggestions would be appreciated!

In The Pines - 3/12/10

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