Sung by: Mrs. Bowen Stuart
Recorded in Banner, AR 8/11/62

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We wandered in the shadow of the pines, my love and I,
As the wind was blowing freshly from the sea.
Then a sudden fitful darkness stole across the summer sky,
And a shadow came between my love and me.
Some hasty words were spoken, and then, almost unawares,
Hasty answers to unthinking anger led,
And our heartsick bitter longings,
And our weeping and our prayers,
Ne'er could make those false and cruel words unsaid.

Chorus: "Come back to me, sweetheart, and love me as before.
Come back, back to me, sweetheart, and leave me nevermore.
In life's dull pathway the sun no longer shines.
Come, love, and meet me in the shadow of the pines."

"You took the ring I gave you and cast a glance at me
As you held the jeweled trinket in your hand,
And then you turned and tossed it in the waters of the sea,
While the waves were splashing idly on the sands.
You went your way unheeding the tears I couldn't hide.
You went your way and not a word was said,
But my stubborn heart was breaking underneath the mask of pride,
And the pine trees sobbed in pity overhead."


"I awake from bitter dreaming but to call aloud your name.
I sleep again to dream of you once more.
Though my stubborn pride had left me, I admit I was to blame;
Forgive me, dear, and love me as before,
For the future is all shadowed with the darkness of despair.
In the sky of light will sun no longer shine,
And I'd give the whole world gladly just again to meet you there,
Reunited in the shadow of the pines."

All Songs Recorded by John Quincy Wolf, Jr., unless otherwise noted

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Lyon College, Batesville, Arkansas
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