The Max Hunter Folk Song Collection

The Girl I Love in Sunny Tennessee

Cat. #0069 (MFH #212) - As sung by Mrs. Gladys Everly, Springfield, Missouri on April 20, 1958

VERSE 1
On a morning bright and clear
To my old home I drew near
Just a village down in sunny Tennessee
I was speeding on a train
That would bring me back again
To my sweetheart who was waiting there for me
It was but a few short years
Since I kissed away her tears
As I left her by my dear old Mothers side
And each day we been apart
She's grown dear'er to my heart
Then th night I asked of her t' be my bride

CHORUS:
We could hear th darkies singing
As she said farewell to me
Far across th field of cotton
My old homestead I could see
When th moon rose in its glory
Then I told lifes sweetest story
To th girl I love in sunny Tennessee

VERSE 2
As th train drew up last
Old familiar scenes I passed
And I kissed my Mother at th station door
But as old friends gathered round
Tears on every face I found
For I missed th one I have been longing for
When I whispered, Mother dear,
Where is Mary, she's not here,
All th world seemed lost and sadness came to me
For she pointed to a spot
In th churchyards little lot
Where my sweetheart sleeps in sunny Tennessee