from Kalyi Jag Osuno (The Dream)
La Ratyake Sheja/The Night Girls (Dance song in Szatmar style)
Hungaroton HCD 18211:15

We bring pretty sum today
For our nice husband
Wake up, girls
The day is breaking already

Hey, night-girls
You never sleep
Hey, you walk all over the village
You bring pretty sum

It so happened one night
My wife didn't come home...
Don't tell me lies
You didn't sleep at my side


God, I don't know what to do
Should I dance and be merry
I even cannot dance
God, I don't know what to do

I've squandered my money on drink
People had a good time
But I spent my money on drink

(compare to In the Pines ...and see Bob Dylan's version of Leadbelly's version ...and Grateful Dead scholarship

Marianne Faithful's take ...and a ghostly Cobain connection

In other versions, the focus is clearly, as the novelist Ms. McCrumb notes, on a confrontation: "There's a woman doing something not socially acceptable, and she's been caught at it." In one case, a husband demands: "Don't lie to me; where did you sleep last night?" In their traditional interpretation, the Kossoy Sisters begin: "Little girl, little girl, where'd you stay last night? Not even your mother knows." Despite all the variations of "In the Pines," these questions are almost never asked of a man. The woman may also be asked, "Where did you get that dress, and those shoes that are so fine?" and the answer is "from a man in the mines, who sleeps in the pines."

In Mr. Jordan's jazz version, recorded for Atlantic in 1965, the singer Sandra Douglass makes the meaning even more explicit, drawing on a later Leadbelly version known as "Black Girl." Here the woman is in the pines because her husband has died under the train, leaving her with little choice but prostitution. "You caused me to weep/ And you caused me to moan/ You caused me to leave my home," she sings, perhaps to the cruel fates, perhaps to the ghost of her husband.

When Hole, the band led by Mr. Cobain's widow, Courtney Love, played in New York in September, the final encore was "Where Did You Sleep Last Night." The sense of ghosts was palpable: a widow singing a widow's tune, biting as heavily into each "don't lie to me" as her husband had. But the ghosts were already there in the Nirvana version, which looked at death square on -- Mr. Cobain's voice cracks and pauses during the final line, then soldiers through.

...and much much more. 1400+ Google hits...

and maybe cf. Miss Ohio?