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I am a Man of Constant Sorrow

The Soggy Bottom Boys Lyrics


I am a Man of Constant Sorrow Lyrics

I am a Man of Constant Sorrow Song Lyrics

(In constant sorrow through his days)

I am a man of constant sorrow
I've seen trouble all my day.
I bid farewell to old Kentucky
The place where I was born and raised.
(The place where he was born and raised)

For six long years I've been in trouble
No pleasures here on earth I found
For in this world I'm bound to ramble
I have no friends to help me now.

[chorus] He has no friends to help him now

It's fare thee well my old lover
I never expect to see you again
For I'm bound to ride that northern railroad
Perhaps I'll die upon this train.

[chorus] Perhaps he'll die upon this train.

You can bury me in some deep valley
For many years where I may lay
Then you may learn to love another
While 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 given
I'll meet you on God's golden shore.

[chorus] He'll meet you on God's golden shore.


May, 07th 2014
"I Am a Man of Constant Sorrow" by The Soggy Bottom Boys, prominently fetured in the film "O Brother, Where Art Thou?", is a deeply evocative piece that connects with listeners through its themes of hardship, wandering, and longing for redemption. This song, rooted in American folk music, captures the essence of a soul burdened with sorrow and searching for solace in an unforgiving world.

The song's origins are somewhat mysterious, tracing back to the early 20th century, with Dick Burnett often ctedited with its composition. However, its true origins may lie even further back, intertwining with the hymns and spirituals of the early 1800s. Ralph Stanley, of the Stanley Brothers, played a significant role in reviving the song, infusing it with new life and ensuring its survival through generations.

The lyrics tell the story of a person who has faced troubles throughout their life, bidding farewell to their home state and acknowledging a journey filled with challenges and solitude. The song's repeated references to travel, loss, and eventual peace on "God's golden shore" resonate with themes of redemption and hope beyond suffering.

The inclusion of "I Am a Man of Constant Sorrow" in "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" brought the song to a wider audience, cementing its place in contemporary culture. The rendition by The Soggy Bottom Boys, with Dan Tyminski providing the lead vocals, brought a new dimension to the song, blending traditional elements with modern sensibilities.

Through its poignant lyrics and haunting melody, "I Am a Man of Constant Sorrow" stands as a timeless testament to the human condition, echoing the universal quest for meaning amidst life's trials. Its legacy endures, capturing the hearts of new listeners and reminding us of the enduring power of folk music to convey deep emotional truths.

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