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Sunny Tennessee (MacEdward Leach)

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 take me home again,
To my sweetheart who was waiting there for me.

It was just a few short years
Since I kissed away her tears,
And I left her at my dear old mother's side;
And these days we are apart
She grows nearer to my heart,
Since the night I asked her if she'd be my bride.

You could hear these darkies singing,
When she said farewell to me.
Far across the fields of cotton,
My old homestead to see.
As the moon rose in its glory,
It was there I told my story,
To that girl I loved in sunny Tennessee.

As the train drew up at last,
The familiar scenes I passed,
And I kissed my mother at the station door;
As the old folks gathered 'round,
Tears on every face I found,
But I missed the one that I was longing for.

So I whispered, "Mother dear,
Where is Mary? She's not here?"
And she pointed to the churchyard over the lea;
And she pointed to the spot
In that little churchyard lot,
Where my sweetheart sleeps in sunny Tennessee.

You could hear these darkies singing,
When she said farewell to me.
Far across the fields of cotton,
My old homestead to see.
As the moon rose in its glory,
It was there I told my story,
To that girl I loved in sunny Tennessee.

####.... Variant of The Girl I Loved In Sunny Tennessee with lyrics by Harry Braisted and music by Stanley Carter ©1899 ....####
Collected in 1951 from John James of Trepassey, NL, and published in MacEdward Leach And The Songs Of Atlantic Canada © 2004 Memorial University of Newfoundland Folklore and Language Archive (MUNFLA).

First recorded on Edison cylinder 5716 c.1899 by Byron G Harlan as The Girl I Loved In Sunny Tennessee. A variant was recorded in 1925 by Charlie Poole and the North Carolina Ramblers as The Girl I Left In Sunny Tennessee (Columbia 15043-D; CPoole04) and sold 65,000 copies before entering into oral tradition per Bob Waltz Inside Bluegrass, February 2001.



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