“East Virginia (Dark Hollow)”

Alternate titles: “Dark Holler Blues”
Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1917 (Cecil Sharp collection)
Keywords: love courting separation grief
Found in: US(Ap,SE)


"I was born in (east Virginia); North Carolina I did go. There I met a pretty woman, And her name I did not know." The singer grieves that her parents would marry her to another. "I'd rather be in some dark hollow... than see you be another man's darling"

Same tune

Cross references



  1. BrownIII 279, "Must I Go to Old Virginia" (1 text, with a distorted first line and many floating bits; Roud lumps it with "Porto Rico")
  2. SharpAp 167, "In Old Virginny" (4 texts, 4 tunes, but "C" is "Man of Constant Sorrow" and "D" is a collection of floaters)
  3. Asch/Dunson/Raim, p. 80 "East Virginia" (1 text, 1 tune)
  4. Ritchie-SingFam, pp. 134-135, "[Old Virginny]" (1 text, 1 tune)
  5. Ritchie-Southern, p. 65, "Old Virginny" (1 text, 1 tune)
  6. Cohen/Seeger/Wood, p. 27 "East Virginia Blues" (1 text, 1 tune)
  7. Darling-NAS, pp. 115-116, "Oh, Molly Dear" (1 text, very mixed, with verses from this song, from "The Drowsy Sleeper" [Laws M4], and some floaters); pp. 275-276, "East Virginia (1 text)
  8. Silber-FSWB, p. 44, "East Virginia" (1 text)
  10. Roud #3396
  11. BI, JRSF134