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This is the version my aunt taught me about ten years ago; it's based on Leadbelly's, which is the version most people my age know, courtesy of Kurt Cobain. Leadbelly called it "Black Girl," Cobain called it "My Girl" or "In the Pines," and my Pete Seeger book calles it "Little Girl." For some reason, I used to think that she killed her husband, but I guess he was in an accident.


Chorus:

      E           E7          A      G
Black girl, black girl, don't lie to me
        E             B7         E       B7 
Tell me where did you sleep last night?
       E             E7               A               G
In the pines, in the pines, where the sun don't never shine
      E            B7          E      
And I shivered the whole night through


   E       E7    A        G
My husband was a railroad man
         E          B7        E     B7
Killed a mile and a half from here
    E        E7               A        G
His head was found 'neath the drivers' wheel
    E        B7        E   
And his body never was found


It caused me to weep and it caused me to moan
And it caused me to leave my home
I wish to God I'd never seen his face
I'm sorry he ever was born