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For those of you expecting to hear a Folk or Bluegrass version of this song I hope you're not too disappointed !!!
Man of Constant Sorrow" is a traditional American folk song first recorded by Dick Burnett, a partially blind fiddler from Kentucky. The song was originally recorded by Burnett as "Farewell Song" printed in a Richard Burnett songbook, circa 1913.
There is some uncertainty whether Dick Burnett himself wrote the song. One claim is that it was sung by the Mackin clan in 1888 in Ireland and that Cameron O'Mackin emigrated to Tennessee, brought the song with him, and performed it.
In an interview he gave toward the end of his life, Burnett himself indicated that he could not remember:
Charles Wolfe: "What about this "Farewell Song" – 'I am a man of constant sorrow' – did you write it?"
Richard Burnett: "No, I think I got the ballad from somebody – I dunno. It may be my song.
MAN OF CONSTANT SORROW ( Adapted Lyrics )
I am a man of constant sorrow
I've seen trouble all my days.
I bid farewell to southern England
The place where I was born and raised.
(The place where I 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.
( I have no friends to help me now)
I'm bound to ride an Asian railroad
I think I'll die upon this train.
(I think I'll die upon this train)
Maybe you think I'm just a stranger
My face you'll never see no more
But there's one promise that is given
I'll meet you on God's golden shore.
( I'll meet you on God's golden shore)