Where Did You Sleep Last Night? (4:46)

Cover of Unplugged & More

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“In the Pines”, also known as “Black Girl” and “Where Did You Sleep Last Night?”, is a traditional American folk song which dates back to at least the 1870s, and is believed to be Southern Appalachian in origin. The identity of the song’s author is unknown, but it has been recorded by dozens of artists in numerous genres. A 1993 acoustic version by Nirvana introduced the song to many people at the end of the twentieth century. Kurt Cobain attributed authorship to Lead Belly, who had recorded the song several times, beginning in 1944, but the version performed by Lead Belly and covered by Nirvana does not differ substantially from other variants of the song.

Like numerous other folk songs, “Where Did You Sleep Last Night” was passed on from one generation and locale to the next by word of mouth. The first printed version of the song, compiled by Cecil Sharp, appeared in 1917, and comprised just four lines and a melody. The lines are:

Black girl, black girl, don’t lie to me
Where did you stay last night?
I stayed in the pines where the sun never shines
And shivered when the cold wind blows

In 1925, a version of the song was recorded onto phonograph cylinder by a folk collector. This was the first documentation of “The Longest Train” variant of the song. This variant include a stanza about “The longest train I ever saw”.

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  • netlexer

    stunning track. YES YES YES!

    4 Jul 9:21pm Reply
  • MuriloO

    This is so good it's even better than the original IMO.

    10 Jan 2013 Reply
  • TheShadowRapist

    i will shiiiiiiiiiveeeerrr!!!!!! houuhoo night!! true!!

    7 May 2012 Reply
  • JTLDN

    please use the suggest a correction feature on the right side of the screen to change the tag to "Nirvana - Where Did You Sleep Last Night". there's no question mark in the original track name.

    20 Jan 2012 Reply
  • No_Obligation

    'my girl, my girl... don't liiiiiiiiiiie to me'... great vocal on that line... [3]

    19 Oct 2011 Reply
  • ol0fi

    Best cover ever!

    25 Sep 2011 Reply
  • giupaciello

    Cobain's version sends shivers down my spine [8]

    20 Sep 2011 Reply
  • Frank_morrison

    MY GIRL MY GIRL!!!

    12 Aug 2011 Reply
  • harrythespider

    superb song.

    31 May 2011 Reply
  • JenovaMackenzie

    Cobain's version sends shivers down my spine...a great song for late-night listening [6]

    19 Feb 2011 Reply
  • MrSeraphic

    Cobain's version sends shivers down my spine...a great song for late-night listening [5]

    7 Jan 2011 Reply
  • Xalopalyps

    'my girl, my girl... don't liiiiiiiiiiie to me'... great vocal on that line... [2]

    30 Jul 2010 Reply
  • slushhy

    Cobain's version sends shivers down my spine...a great song for late-night listening [4]

    16 May 2010 Reply
  • RReneeElizabeth

    wow, I forgot about this cover. one of my favorite nirvana recordings.

    18 Apr 2010 Reply
  • segamaya

    this is the best cover ever!!!

    17 Feb 2010 Reply
  • gEEEERa

    I SHIVEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEER!!!

    13 Feb 2010 Reply
  • ad_nauseam

    Cobain's version sends shivers down my spine...a great song for late-night listening(3)

    30 Dec 2009 Reply
  • Dylbear

    Unbelieveable vocal peformance. One of the best live songs of all time.

    13 Dec 2009 Reply
  • Sal-ival

    oh my! feels like he's still alive here

    25 Nov 2009 Reply
  • Lynch0012

    sends chills everytime

    9 Nov 2009 Reply
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