“Man of Constant Sorrow” is a traditional American folk song first performed by DickBurnett, a partially blind fiddler from Kentucky. The song was originally recorded byBurnett as “Farewell Song” printed in a Richard Burnett songbook, c. 1913. An earlyversion was recorded by Emry Arthur in 1928. “Man of Constant Sorrow” was one ofmany songs recorded by Jerry Garcia, David Grisman, and Tony Rice one weekend inFebruary of 1993. Jerry’s taped copy of the session was later stolen by his pizza deliveryman, eventually became an underground classic, and finally edited and released in 2000.The song appears in the 2000 film “O Brother, Where Art Thou?”, under the title “I Am aMan of Constant Sorrow.” Performed by the fictitious “Soggy Bottom Boys” in themovie, it was recorded by Dan Tyminski, Harley Allen, and Pat Enright. It was a hit inthe movie for the Soggy Bottom Boys and later became a hit single in real life. It receiveda CMA for “Single of the Year” and a Grammy for “Best Country Collaboration withVocals” and it peaked at #35 on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart.I am a man of constant sorrowI’ve seen trouble all my day.I bid farewell to old KentuckyThe place where I was born and raised.(The place where he was born and raised)For six long years I’ve been in troubleNo pleasures here on earth I foundFor in this world I’m bound to rambleI have no friends to help me now.(Chorus) He has no friends to help him nowIt’s fare thee well my old true loverI never expect to see you againFor I’m bound to ride that northern railroadPerhaps I’ll die upon this train.(Chorus) Perhaps he’ll die upon this train.You can bury me in some deep valleyFor many years where I may layThen you may learn to love anotherWhile I am sleeping in my grave.(Chorus) While he is sleeping in his grave.Maybe your friends think I’m just a stranger
My face you’ll never see no more.
But there is one promise that is givenI’ll meet you on God’s golden shore.(Chorus) He’ll meet you on God’s golden shore