The Songs He Sang
My Gal: Lyrics
As performed by Cisco Houston
Traditional, though attributed to Huddie Ledbetter, listed as "Arr & adpt Cisco Houston" on I Ain't Got No HomeAppears on:
My gal my gal, don't you lie to me Tell me where did you stay last night? In the pines in the pines where the sun never shines I shivered the whole night long My daddy he was an engineer Killed a mile and a half from town His head it was found in the driving wheels His body, Lord, never was found The longest train that I ever did see Run a mile and a half from town The engine rolled by when the sun come up And the caboose when the sun went down My gal my gal, don't you lie to me Tell me where did you stay last night? In the pines in the pines where the sun never shines And shivered the whole night long
A weird, lonesome and bleak song, played with a spare guitar and the wind whistling through the chords. Lots of anyalysis of this song on the web, including this Kurt Cobain inspired one, I wouldn't claim to know just what Cisco is getting at in these three verses, but it sure is grim.