DARK HOLLOW

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DARK HOLLOW

The song is usually credited to Bill Browning on recordings. Some recording credits
suggest the song is traditional. Browning recorded the song in early 1958 and subsequent
recordings using the Dark Hollow title follow his arrangement of what is at least partly
traditional material. The first verse of Dark Hollow also occurs in the family of traditional
songs which usually occur as East Virginia Blues / East Virginia or Little Birdie. The songs with titles
Dark Holler Blues, Dark Holler or Some Dark Holler are usually more similar to East
Virginia Blues than to Dark Hollow.
I’d rather be in some dark hollow
Where the sun don’t ever shine
Than to be home alone knowing that you’re gone
Would cause me to lose my mind
So blow your whistle freight train
Carry me further on down the track
I’m going away I’m leaving today
I’m going but I ain’t coming back
I’d rather be in some dark hollow
Where the sun don’t ever shine
Than to be in some big city
In a small room with you love on my min