Collected by M.C. Parler Sung by Bessie Atchley
Transcribed by Bessie Atchley Green Forest, Arkansas
July 7, 1960
Reel 389, Item 5
The Girl I Loved in Sunny Tennessee
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 is waiting there for me.
It was just a few short years,
Since I kissed away her tears,
As I left her by my dear old mother's side.
And each day we've been apart,
She's grown dearer to my heart
Than the day she promised, To become my bride.
We could hear the darkies singing,
As she said farewell to me.
Far across the fields of cotton,
My old homestead I could see.
The moon rose in its glory,
As I told life's sweetest story To the girl I loved In Sunny Tennessee
As the train drew up at last,
Old familiar scenes I passed
And I kissed my mother at the station door.
As my old friends gathered 'round,
Tears on every face I found
But I missed tne one I had been longing for.
Than I whispered, "Mother dear,
Where is Mary? She's not here."
Seemed that all was lost, and darkness came to me. As she pointed to a spot,
In a little churchyard lot. Where my sweetheart sleeps,
In Sunny Tennessee.
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