MacEdward Leach and the Songs of Atlantic Canada
Sunny Tennessee
John James NFLD 2 Tape 9 Track 2
Trepassey Audio:
Ballad

FEMALE VOICE: You sing it, tell me what's the name of it?
JAMES: Oh what’s the name of it? Sunny Tennessee. P'raps you had that one.
LEACH: No we haven’t had that one. Go ahead now.
JAMES: (sings)

On a morning bright and clear to my old home l drew near
Just a village down in sunny Tennessee
I was speeding on a train that would take me home again
To my sweetheart who was waiting there for me

It was just a few short years since l kissed away her tears
And l left her at my dear old mother's side
And these days we are apart she grows nearer to my heart
Since the night l asked her if she'd be my bride

You could hear these darkies singing when she said farewell to me
Far across the fields of cotton my old homestead to see?
As the moon rose in it's glory it was there l told my story
To that girl I loved in Sunny Tennessee

As the train drew up at last the familiar scenes l passed
And l kissed my mother at the station door
As the old folks gathered round tears on every face l found
But l missed the one that l was longing for

So I whispered mother dear where is Mary she's not here
And she pointed to the churchyard over the lee
And she pointed to the spot in that little churchyard lot
Where my sweetheart sleeps in Sunny Tennessee

You could hear these darkies singing when she said farewell to me
Far across the fields of cotton my old homestead to see
As the moon rose in its glory it was there l told my story
To that girl l loved in sunny Tennessee


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