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My girl, my girl, dont lie to me
Tell me, where did you sleep last night?
In the pines, in the pines
Where the sun dont ever shine
I would shiver the whole night through

My girl, my girl, where will you go?
Im going where the cold wind...

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    anonymous
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    Mar 12th, 3:41pm report


    I thought the songs lyric is "in the past" which she had previously forgotten.



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    anonymous
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    Nov 27th, 11:00am report


    I always thought the song sounded like it involved a murder. The girl cheated on her husband with the singer, he fell in love with her and either she kllled her husband or he helped kill him. Now she’s cheating on him and he’s thinking she will do the same thing to him. He risked everything for her, now she is betraying him just like she betrayed her husband.



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    anonymous
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    Nov 27th, 11:54am report


    I always thought the song sounded like it involved a murder. The girl cheated on her husband with the singer, he fell in love with her and either she kllled her husband or he helped kill him. Now she’s cheating on him and he’s thinking she will do the same thing to him. Such a powerful performance.



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    anonymous
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    Nov 10th, 11:28am report


    I love the nirvana version of this song.. extremely emotional and moves everybody.. I think this song is about a man who falls victim to his drug taking partners erractic abusive life and he finds himself in the pines to distance himself .. he truly loves her and can’t stand to see her in such a destructive state.. I think the pines is a place of comfort where he feels centred. .



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    anonymous
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    Nov 18th, 2016 11:38pm report


    The girl sleeps with another guy while he is at work.he caught her so her husband was in deep pain that he commit suicide on his work..'in pines where the sun dont ever shine i would shiver the whole nigt through'its just an excuse for the girl so that she could win him...why would one sadly say where do you sleep last to his wife'in case they dont hav a home or a bed..his wife turns to black girl cauz she flirts him..to show how much her husband love for her instead of black girl kurt knew the author's feelings hurt so he turns to 'my girl'



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    anonymous
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    Oct 16th, 2016 10:40am report


    From Kurt Cobain: Please let me rest in peace. This song, like everything I wrote was open to the interpretation of the listener first and foremost... and any resemblance to specific meaning is none of your damn business. It was what it was, words that evolved until they felt right. Anymore in-depth analysis and you might as well be shuffling tarot cards and applying calculus to numerology. Thanks, now go away!



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    anonymous
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    Jan 14th, 2016 1:01pm report


    I think Nirvana re-wrote the song the way they did was because of Courtney Love cheating on Kurt Cobain, which I also suspect is part of the reason for his suicide, along with the pressure of his growing fame.



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    anonymous
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    Oct 10th, 2015 10:13am report


    In my point of view i think kurt choose this song because of hes suicide in a way he lowkey put it there cause of the he feels "in going where the cold wind blows" he wants to die cause the way he sings it, but its my point of view of the song.



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    Ralto
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    Sep 26th, 2014 9:58pm report


    The original lyrics were:
    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"

    Supposedly about someone waiting for someone else - the reasons/emotions/storylines are as many as you can think about.



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    secretretar
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    Jul 11th, 2014 7:08am report


    When Kurt made his first good amount of money he bought a mansion on tolt highlands road in carnation washington! I have been in the woods around his old house (all pines)This house ends up being the place he hide from is wife kourtney love for years and did drugs hints (shivering) ! While driving away from this house i have seen dark figures up and down the road ! I live a few miles away and i have heard stories about the property I live on! In the property records there has been one death! I was told that a man killed himself in his truck down at the bottom of my property By Putting a tube from the exhaust into the cab and sophicating from carbon monoxide! As the legend gone His wife did not find him tell his body was takin by something headlined in the (steering wheel)! (Maybe bigfoot)



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    secretretar
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    Jul 11th, 2014 7:46am report


    When Kurt made his first good amount of money he bought a mansion on tolt highlands road in carnation washington! I have been in the woods around his old house (all pines)! While driving on that road I have seen Dark figures in the late hours while driving! I actually live few miles away and the story about the property I live on is that an old man kills himself in his truck down at the bottom of my property! This house ends up being the place he hide from his wife kourtney love for years and did drugs hints (shivering)



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    secretretar
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    Jul 11th, 2014 7:41am report


    When Kurt made his first good amount of money he bought a mansion on tolt highlands road in carnation washington! I have been in the woods around his old house (all pines)! While driving on that road I have seen Dark figures in the late hours while driving! I actually live few miles away and the story about the property I live on is that an old man kills himself in his truck down at the bottom of my property!



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    anonymous
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    May 11th, 2014 5:37am report


    The Lead Belly/nirvana version of this song is a lot darker than some other versions. Basically with over a hundred years and over 160 versions its a song that has been reinterpreted and rewritten to suit whomever sings it.

    My take on the Lead Belly/nirvana version is that someone is worried about the girl because she didn't come home or whatever. She slept in the pines. Why? Because her husband was killed (maybe in an accident or maybe by the girl). And she is grieving or contemplating suicide or hiding . When asked. "where will you go"? She says she's going back to the pines to hide or to actually commit suicide....or maybe she is already dead and she is a ghost.

    That's what make s this song so haunting for me considering what Kurt ended up doing.

    I came up with this theory based on the LB version before I really took time to watch or listen to the unplugged nirvana one.

    But that's my idea . You don't have to agree. Interpret it however you want



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    anonymous
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    Dec 18th, 2012 12:28pm report


    It's not the husband asking, for he's already been killed. An older variation called her as "black girl" rather than "my girl". These questions might be asked by anyone, from a caring friend our relative or God. Her husband died and she mourns deeply. That's it, and nothing deeper.



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    anonymous
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    Jul 18th, 2012 7:29pm report


    in the pines ,,,the cemetary, after she loses her husband,



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