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Seeing Nellie Home

Woman Woman

One of the big "hits" of era. This tune was popular both North and South and it continues to be sung or played widely to this day. It is particularly popular among bluegrass musicians. In the stricter era of the mid-19th century a young man had but few and very proscribed opportunities to court (modern translation: hang out with) a young lady. Seeing the object of your love interest home from a socially acceptable quilting party was one such.

For those familiar with this tune, you'll notice we sing of "Aunt Sandi's" quilting party rather than "Aunt Dinah's". Our Sandi is sister to Capt. Janson and she is a devout devotee of the quilting arts. The quilt you may see a bit of in the group's photos on the About Us page is of the Lone Star design—also called the Eastern Star or Star of Bethlehem. It is one of the oldest of quilting patterns. You may see a good deal more in the quilting line at Sandi's web page, www.sandiquilts.com

2. Seeing Nellie Home

In the sky the bright stars glittered.
On the bank the pale moon shone.
It was from Aunt Sandi's quilting party
I was seeing Nellie home.

chorus
I was seeing Nellie home.
I was seeing Nellie home.
It was from Aunt Sandi's quilting party
I was seeing Nellie home.

On my arm a soft hand rested
Rested light as ocean foam.
It was from Aunt Sandi's quilting party
I was seeing Nellie home.

On my lips a whisper trembled
Trembled till it dared to come.
It was from Aunt Sandi's quilting party
I was seeing Nellie home.

On my life new hopes were dawning
And those hopes have lived and grown.
It was from Aunt Sandi's quilting party
I was seeing Nellie home.