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Girl I Left in Sunny Tennessee [core]

On a morning bright and clear, to my 4 old home I drew near
Just a 5 village down in sunny Tennes- 1 see
I was speeding on a train that would 4 bring me back again
To my 5 sweetheart who was waiting there for 1 me

We could hear the old folks singing
As she 4 said farewell to 1 me
Far across the fields of cotton
My old 2 homestead I could 5 see
When the 1 moon rose in its glory
Then I 4 told life's sweetest 1 story
To the 5 girl I loved in sunny Tennes- 1 see

It was but a few short years since I'd kissed away her tears
As I left her at my dear old mother's side
And each day we've been apart, she's grown dearer to my heart
Than the night I asked of her to be my bride

As the train drew up at last, old familiar scenes I passed
And I kissed my mother at the station door
But as old friends gathered 'round, tears on every face I found
But I missed the one that I'd been longing for

As I whispered, mother dear, where is Mary, she's not here
All the world seemed lost and sadness came to me
For she pointed to a spot in the churchyard's little lot
Where my sweetheart sleeps in sunny Tennessee

Available in these books:

Get Started Plus: Core Songs Edition
100 songs and our acclaimed play-by-ear learning method.
Big Print Songs
Over 200 songs.
Family Tradition
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.

...and on these CDs:

Five CDs, 100 songs. Recordings from the Abbott family and their friends.
Listen to sample tracks.

The MP3 collection has all 100 songs on one CD for a discount. See details.

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.