I Was Born in East Virginia (trad. adapted by Debi Smith) The Carter Family, who inspired me early in my career, sang the first version of this. I was thrilled to have the opportunity to sing with Janette Carter at The Carter Family Fold when I was starting out, and I have always enjoyed performing their legendary songs.
I was born in East Virginia, - North Carolina I did roam,
There I met a fair pretty maiden, - Her name and age I do not Know.
Her hair it was a brightsome color, - And her lips a ruby red,
On her breast she wore white lilies - There I longed to lay my head.
Well, in my heart you are my darlin', - At my door you're welcome in,
At my gate I'll meet you my darlin' - If your love I could only win.
I'd rather be in some dark holler, - Where the sun refuse to shine,
Than to see you be another man's darlin' - And to know that you'll never be mine.
Well in the night I'm dreamin' about you, - In the day I find no rest,
Just the thought of you my darlin' - Sends aching pain all through my breast.
Well when I'm dead and in my coffin, - With my feet turned toward the sun,
Come and sit beside me darlin' - Come and think on the way you’ve done.