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(learned from an unidentified tape in the 1960s)

(music to go here)

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 shines,
And I shivered in the cold desert breeze.

Where'd you get those pretty shoes,
And the dress you wear so fine?
I got my shoes from a railroad man,
Got my dress from a man in the mine.

My daddy was a railroad man,
Lived on the outskirts of town.
They found his head on the railroad track,
But his body ain't never been found.

I wish to the lord I'd never been born,
Or died when I was young.
I'd never have kissed your sweet, sweet lips,
Nor heard your lyin' tongue.

Black girl, black girl, tell me, where will you go?
I'm goin' where the cold winds blow.
Gonna dance in my good Sunday clothes,
Gonna weep, gonna mourn, gonna dance till I cry.

The longest train I ever did ride
Was a hundred coaches long.
The only woman I ever did love
She's on that train and gone.

Them long steel rails and them short crossties
Ain't got no end, I know.
On these long steel rails and short crossties
I'm tramping my way back home.

Longest old train in this whole wide world
Comes around Joe Brown's coal mine.
Headlight comes 'round when the sun comes up,
The caboose when the sun goes down.

(seems to be a blend of a blues ballad and a railroad song)

(from miriam berg's folksong collection)