"Saint Regis Girl" lyrics - THE CARTER FAMILY

"Saint Regis Girl"

In a pine-shaded grave by the river
Where the nightingales sing sad and low
All alone lies the St. Regis maiden
Who did sing this sad song years ago

Never more will my heart fill with gladness
As I stroll through the forest again
For to prison they've taken my lover
That's why my poor heart's full of pain

When in prison you're dying from sorrow
I hope you'll recall those past days
That together we spent in this valley
And the vows that we shared on its quay

[Instrumental break]

Oh, if I could but burn down that prison
To steal you away for a while
They could carry me off to the gallows
And I'd go to my doom with a smile

When the moon is high in the heavens
And the mountains do gleam in its light
How often I'll dream of you, sweetheart
As I mourn there alone in the night

There will be a green grave in the forest
And people, when passing that way
Will think of the St. Regis maiden
As she lies there alone in the clay

[Instrumental break]

A shadow has crossed o'er the valley
Where onced only sunshine did reign
But wherever life's pathway may lead me
I shall ever remember our dream

In the future someday I will meet you
On the bright shore so far from this world
And there before God I will greet you
That's the dream of the St. Regis girl