The Songs He Sang
Girl in the Wood: Lyrics
As performed by Cisco Houston
Music: Terry Gilkyson; Lyrics: Neal StuartAppears on:
Oh, when I was a young boy and drove my mother wild, I met a maiden in the woods and she said "Child, look deep into my green eyes and at my autumn hair, When you're a man you'll never see a girl quite as fair". Chorus: Remember me Remember me Remember me for the rest of your life. Her eyes were green as grassy pools looking right at me, And her hair was red and grown with leaves just like an autumn tree She moved her tiny hands and she made a little turn. She swayed in the wind just like a graceful fern. Chorus: I swore as she vanished that when I was full grown, I'd have a girl just like her to be my very own. And now I am a man and I'd marry if I could But I can't lose the mem'ry of The Girl In The Wood. Chorus: I've wished a hundred times that she'd never looked at me. With the first wild beauty that only youth can see, For a man cannot find it when he's looking for a wife, And he'll end up in bachelorhood the rest of his life. Chorus:
Dr. Guy Logsdon calls this one of the most beautiful songs in Cisco's repertory. We respectfully disagree. It ranks in our bottom-of-the-barrel performances that could have been left off any "Best of..." compilation without us missing it. Lame metaphors and adjectives, e.g. "her little hands" and "graceful as a swaying fern" and tedious dirge-like tune tune combine for a stinker. Interestingly, this was a contemporary song when Cisco performed it. He must have liked it. We don't.