With so many versions, 'Cindy' is one of the folk tale songs that trended around the middle of the 20th century. The song originated from North Carolina and was included in many of the elementary songbooks used around that time. However, the song had one of its early versions traced to Anne Virginia Culbertson’s collection of negro folktales. Cindy is just like many other folk songs and have verses that allows the singer to add their own lyrics. And like Byron Arnold and Bob Hali in a songbook from Alabama, performers often swap verses with another song like "Old Joe Clark" and "Boil Them Cabbage Down". The tune is spiritual and was picked from “The Gospel Train”, also known as “Get on Board Little Children”. A version called “Cindy, Cindy”, was written by Benjamin Weisman, Dolores Fuller and Fred Wise, and was familiar to the one recorded by Johnny Cash, Ricky Nelson, Nick Cave among many others. Another place the song showed up is Dr. Mack Wilberg’s choral arrangement. The piece was arranged for a four-hand piano, a string bass, xylophone, double eight-part choirs and some quintessential Americana. The arrangement is available for full choral performances and all these parts are the same, even written for full orchestra performance. In his 2010 album, Robert Plant featured an arrangement titled "Cindy, I'll Marry You Someday".