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Lyr Req: The Girl in the Wood (Cisco Houston)

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johnk 22 Aug 97 - 03:16 PM
Bill 23 Aug 97 - 03:20 PM
Jim Dixon 19 May 05 - 10:43 PM
Ferrara 19 May 05 - 10:51 PM
Joe Offer 20 May 05 - 04:41 AM
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GUEST,Dudley Lucas 19 Feb 14 - 04:08 AM
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Subject: Lyrics to Cisco Houston song "Girl in the Wood"
From: johnk
Date: 22 Aug 97 - 03:16 PM

I used to have lyrics to a Cisco Houston song called "The Girl in the Wood"

When I was a young man and drove my mother wild I ran into a girl in the wood and she said "Child look deep into my green eyes and at my autumn hair when you're a man you'll never se a girl quite so fair"

anybody know any further?


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Subject: Lyr Add: THE GIRL IN THE WOOD ^^
From: Bill
Date: 23 Aug 97 - 03:20 PM

Howdy johnk,
From my copy of "900 Miles: The Ballads, Blues, and Folksongs of Cisco Houston" which is an Oak Publication with a 1965 copyright, here are the words to the haunting song you've asked for.

THE GIRL IN THE WOOD
Traditional

When I was a young boy and drove my mother wild,
I met a maiden in the wood, and she said, "Child,
Look deep into my green eyes and at my autumn hair,
When you're a man you'll never see another quite so fair."

"Remember me, remember me,
Remember 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 gentle fern.

I swore as she vanished that when I was fully 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 memory of the girl in the wood.

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 bachelor hood the rest of his life.

Allinkausay,
Bill^^


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Girl in the Wood (Cisco Houston)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 19 May 05 - 10:43 PM

Several sources (including Warner Chappell Music) say GIRL IN THE WOOD was written by Neal Stuart and Terry Gilkyson. It was recorded by Frankie Laine in 1951, and sung by him in the film "Rainbow 'Round My Shoulder" 1952.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Girl in the Wood (Cisco Houston)
From: Ferrara
Date: 19 May 05 - 10:51 PM

Thank you! I learned it from a record by the "other" Jimmie Rodgers and he didn't sing the last verse. Never knew anything of its history before although I've been singing it since I think 1957 or 58.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Girl in the Wood (Cisco Houston)
From: Joe Offer
Date: 20 May 05 - 04:41 AM

Folk Music Index also confirms the Stuart/Gilkyson authorship, and lists a recording by Art and Paul on a 1960's Columbia album called Hangin', Drinkin' and Stuff. I know of an Art and Paul who recorded on Columbia in the 1960's, but not the ones that recorded this song.

-Joe Offer-


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Girl in the Wood (Cisco Houston)
From: Charley Noble
Date: 20 May 05 - 04:42 PM

Neat song! Thanks for refreshing it and adding the notes.

Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Girl in the Wood (Cisco Houston)
From: GUEST,Dudley Lucas
Date: 19 Feb 14 - 04:08 AM

First heard it on an LP made by Jimmie Rodgers - 'Twilight on the trail' - that I purchased back in 1960, or a year either side.


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