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East Virginia

[ Roud 3396 ; Ballad Index JRSF134 ; trad.]

Jack Elliott sang East Virginia Blues in 1958 on his Topic album with Derroll Adams, The Rambling Boys. This track was also included in 1964 on this album's reissue as Roll On Buddy and in 1995 on Jack Elliott's Topic anthology CD Ramblin' jack.

Pete Seeger sang East Virginia in 1959 at the Oberlin Folk Music Club at Finney Chapel. This recording was included in 1976 on the Oberlin College Folk Music Club's anthology of live recordings from 1959 to 1975, The Audience Pleased.

Sandy Denny recorded East Virginia as a home demo in 1966. It was included posthumously in 1989 on her cassette The Attic Tracks Vol. 3, in 2010 on the 19-CD Sandy Denny Box Set, and in 2012 on The Notes and the Words.

Sarah McQuaid sang East Virginia in 2008 on her CD I Won't Go Home 'Til Morning, mentioning as her sources the 1960 Vanguard debut album by Joan Baez, and Old Virginny from Jean Ritchie's book Folk Songs of the Southern Appalachians.

Sarah Grey sang East Virginia Blues in 2009 on her Fellside CD Sandy Boys.

Lyrics

Sandy Denny sings East Virginia Sarah McQuaid sings East Virginia

I was born in east Virginia,
North Carolina I did go.
There I met the fairest maiden
But her name I do not know.

I was born in east Virginia,
North Carolina I did roam.
There I met a fair pretty maiden,
Her name and age I do not know.

Her hair it was a brightsome colour
And her cheeks were rosy red.
On her breast she wore white lilies,
All the tears that I have shed.

Her hair it was of a brightsome colour
And her lips were a ruby red.
On her breast she wore white lilies,
There I long to lay my head.

In my heart you are my darling,
At my door you're welcome in.
At my gate I'll always meet you
If your love I could only win.

I’d rather be in some dark holler
Where the sun refused to shine
Than to see you another man’s darling
And to know you’d never be mine.

In the night I'm dreaming of you,
In the day I find no rest.
Just the thought of you, my darling,
Sends aching pains all through my breast.

For in the night I’m dreaming ’bout you
And in the day I can take no rest.
Just the thought of you my darling
Sends aching pains right through my breast.

I'd rather be in some dark holler
Where the sun refused to shine
Than to see you with another one, darling,
To know you never will be mine.

Oh, when I'm dead and in my coffin
With my face towards the sun,
Come and look upon me, darling
See the deed that you have done.

And when I’m dead and in my coffin,
With my feet turned to the sun,
Come and sit beside me darling,
Come and think on the way you done.

For in my heart you are my darling
And at my gate you’re welcome in.
At my door I’ll meet you my darling
If your love I could only win.