Interestingly, some of the songs that manage to resonate across countless generations have a tendency to have apocryphal origins that become the stuff of legends. “In the Pines,” also known as “Black Girl” and “Where Did You Sleep Last Night?” is one of those songs, as it’s a traditional American folk song that dates back to at least the mid 1850s and is believed to be of southern Appalachian origin. And over the last century so, countless musicians, including the legendary bluesman Lead Belly (who did several versions of the song), Ma Rainey, Doc Watson, the Grateful Dead, Dolly Parton, Dee Dee Ramone, Mark Lanegan, Nirvana and even Kid Cudi with Dot da Genius as WZRD have recorded and performed their own unique interpretations of the song. Regardless of what you title you use for the song, the song has fascinated countless artists because it captures and expresses the darkest impulses of the human heart and of the human soul – the impulses that we all have within ourselves.
If you’re familiar with the song, and odds are that you’re familiar with Nirvana’s rendition, tells a rather complex tale of a mysterious woman, a cold, windy night spent in a forest, the severed head of her husband found in a driving wheel, and the overwhelming sense that this mysterious woman did something truly terrible – for no apparent reason. The Cape Cod, MA-based Parkington Sisters, one of the blogosphere’s latest sensations just released their take on the famous song. Their rendition consists of a rather haunting and eerily sparse arrangement of the Parkington Sisters’s lovely harmonizing, violin, guitar and tambourine as percussion, which not only gives the song an old-timey feel, it manages to bring the song’s darkness to the forefront, and give the song a chilly feel.