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In the Pines [core]

The longest train I ever saw
Went down that Georgia line
The engine passed at six o' clock
And the cab passed by at nine

Chorus
In the pines, in the pines, where the sun never shines
And we shiver when the cold winds blow

I asked my captain for the time of day
He said he throwed his watch away
A long steel rail and a short cross tie
I'm on my way back home

Little girl, little girl, what have I done
That makes you treat me so
You caused me to weep, you caused me to mourn
You caused me to leave my home

I wish to the Lord I'd never been born, Or died when I was young
I never would have kissed your sweet, sweet lips
Or heard you rattling tongue

Tell me where did you get them pretty little shoes
And the dress you wear so fine
I got my shoes from a railroad man
Got my dress from a driver in the mine

Black girl, black girl, tell me where will you go
I'm gonna go where the cold winds blow
I'm gonna weep, I'm gonna cry, gonna moan, gonna sigh
Gonna dance in my good time clothes

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100 songs and our acclaimed play-by-ear learning method.
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The reference manual, with lyrics to 330 songs.
The first two books feature large-print lyrics (20-point type) and include chords, historical info, jamming hints, and more.

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Five CDs, 100 songs. Recordings from the Abbott family and their friends.
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A song from the The ToneWay Mountain Music Collection, which offers lyrics and free Song Clips (recordings for learning the song by ear) for nearly 400 traditional songs, many of which are often heard in bluegrass and old-time jam circles. The ToneWay Project also offers songbooks, CDs, and a free online video series for learning to play music by ear. http://ToneWay.com