Who Sang Tall Pines? Bill Monroe & James Monroe

James Monroe Father & Son cover art
Release information
Release Date: 1973
length: 2:55
producer: Walter Haynes
guitar: James Monroe
banjo: Jack Hicks
double bass: Monroe Fields
fiddle: Tommy Williams and Kenny Baker
lead vocals: James Monroe
mandolin: Bill Monroe
tenor vocals: Bill Monroe
Lyrics
Once in my youth, I stood on this mountain
And planted some pines in the sand
Every day I looked their way
But just couldn't understand

Why they never grew like I thought they should do
I just couldn't understand why
Now, I've rambled around this wide world through
And today I just happened by

Tall pines, tall pines
Reaching up for the clouds
Tall pines, tall pines
I bet you wouldn't know me now

I'll never forget the morning I left
The hum of the bees in the hay
The farther I walk, the harder they talk
How silent it seems here today

There's an old rail fence that we built, inch by inch
Surrounding the old family graves
And there's one gravestone standing all alone
There waiting to join me in the shade

Tall pines, tall pines
Reaching up for the clouds
Tall pines, tall pines
I've come home to sleep beneath your boughs

Tracklist
12" Vinyl 1
  • 1 I Haven’t Seen Mary in Years
  • 2 Love, Please Come Home
  • 3 When the Golden Leaves Begin to Fall
  • 4 Tall Pines
  • 5 Banks of the Ohio
  • 6 Mother’s Only Sleeping
  • 7 Foggy Mountain Top
  • 8 Walls of Time
  • 9 Bonny
  • 10 Sweetheart You Done Me Wrong
  • 11 What Would You Give in Exchange

  • Release information
    label: MCA Records
    script: Latin