is a Western swing standard
. Bob Wills wrote words to a traditional fiddle tune he learned while he was a barber in Roy, New Mexico. His lyrics reflect the title, and the song, as written by Wills, opens with:
- Twilight falls, evening shadows find,
- There 'neath the stars, a maiden so fair divine.
- All alone, I seem to see her there.
- In her eyes is a light, shining ever so bright,
- She whispered a silent prayer.
Wills first recorded the song in 1935 (Vocalion 03924) and it quickly became one of his signature songs. He recorded it again in 1941 (OKeh 06205). It has been recorded by many artists since.
When Wills was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1970, "Maiden's Prayer" was one of the works cited.
- McWhorter, Frankie. Cowboy Fiddler in Bob Wills' Band. University of North Texas Press, 1997. ISBN 1-57441-025-3
- Mishler, Craig. The Crooked Stovepipe: Athapaskan Fiddle Music and Square Dancing in Northeast Alaska and Northwest Canada. University of Illinois Press, 1993. ISBN 0-252-01996-2