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No More the Moon Shines on Lorena

Way down upon the old plan- 4 tation
Old 1 Massey used to own me as a 5 slave
He 1 had a yeller gal he called Lo- 4 rena
And we 5 courted where the wild bananas 1 waved

For long years there we courted
And we were as happy as one
And my hard work I did for Massey
And the happiness of life had just begun

No more the moon shines on Lorena
As we'd sit and watch the coons among the corn
And the possums laying on the wild bananas
And the old owl a hootin like a horn

One day I called to see my dear Lorena
I thought she would meet me at the gate
But they took her away to old Virginia
And left me to mourn for her fate

For years I have longed to see her
And the thoughts of her were ever in my head
One day Massey read me a letter
Telling me that Lorena, she was dead

But I know that her soul has gone to heaven
And there she is ever free from pain
And to her a brighter crown is given
And no more she will wear the darkies' chain

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.