The song was originally titled " Farewell Song " in a songbook by Burnett dated to around An early version was recorded by Emry Arthur inwhich gave the song its current titles. There exist a number of versions of the song that differ in their lyrics and melodies.
The song was popularized by The Stanley Brotherswho recorded the song in the s, and many other singers recorded versions in the s, most notably by Bob Dylan. Public interest in the song was renewed after the release of the film O Brother, Where Art Thou? The song, with lead vocal by Dan Tyminskiwas also included in the film's highly successful, multiple-platinum-selling soundtrack.
In an interview he gave toward the end of his life, he said this:. Charles Wolfe: "What about this "Farewell Song" — 'I am a man of constant sorrow' — did you write it? It may be my song Whether or not Burnett is the original writer, his work on the song can be dated to about The lyrics from the second verse—'Oh, six long year I've been blind, friends'—would hold true with the year he was blinded, Burnett may have tailored an already existing song to fit his blindness, and some claimed that he derived it from "The White Rose" and "Down in the Tennessee Valley" circa Emry Arthura friend of Burnett, released a recording of the song inalso claimed to have written I Hob A Pipihendi - Jazz Gitti - Ob Heit Moch I Nur Wos I Wü. The lyrics of Burnett and Arthur are very similar with minor variations.
Although Burnett's version was recorded earlier inColumbia Records failed to release Burnett's recording;  Arthur's single was thus the earliest recording of the song to be released, and the tune and lyrics of Arthur's version became the source from which most later versions were ultimately derived. A number of similar songs were found in Kentucky and Virginia in the early 20th century.
English folk song collector Cecil Sharp collected four versions of the song in — as "In Old Virginny", which were published in in English Folk Songs from the Southern Appalachians.
An older version was dated to aroundbut with texts that differ substantially. On October 13,on the Diane Rehm ShowRalph Stanley of the Stanley Brotherswhose autobiography is titled Man of Constant Sorrow discussed the song, its origin, and his effort to revive it: . But the first time I heard it when I was y'know, like a small boy, my daddy — my father — he had some of the words to it, and I heard him sing it, and we — Soft Kill Incubator - Cem Güney - Beat KellerPhilipp Bowee - A Hint Of An Emotion brother and me — we put a few more words to it, and brought it back in existence.
I guess if it hadn't been for that it'd have been gone forever. I'm proud to be the one that brought that song back, because I think it's wonderful. Many later singers have put new and varied lyrics to the song. Most versions have the singer riding a train fleeing trouble, regretting not seeing his old love, and contemplating his future death, with the promise that he will meet his friends or lover again on the beautiful or golden shore.
I am a man of constant sorrow, I've seen trouble all of my days; I'll bid farewell to old Kentucky, The place where I was born and raised. The recording by Emry Arthur is largely consistent with Burnett's lyrics, with only minor differences.
Gunning remembered the melody from a rpm hillbilly record Emry Arthur, she had heard some years before in the mountains, but the lyrics she wrote were considerably different from the original after the first verse. InThe Stanley Brothers recorded a version of the song they had learnt from their father. Bob Dylan recorded his version inwhich is a rewrite based on versions performed by other folk singers such as Joan Baez and Mike Seeger.
Dylan also added personal elements, changing 'friends' to 'mother' in the line 'Your mother says that I'm a Proč Muže Lákají Skály - Petr Novák, G&B* - Co Je To Láska /Planeta Snů/ in reference to his then girlfriend Suze Rotolo 's mother.
Aside from the lyrics, there are also significant variations in the melody of the song in many of these versions. Burnett recorded the song in with Columbia ; this version was unreleased and the master recording destroyed.
He sang it while playing his guitar and accompanied by banjoist Dock Boggs. The song has since been covered by many singers, from the Norwegian girl-group Katzenjammer Man Of Constant Sorrow - Live On TV : March 1964 - Bob Dylan the winner of the eighth season of The Voice Sawyer Fredericks. The arrangement of the song in Martin Scorsese - No Direction Home: B recording however was their own Martin Scorsese - No Direction Home: B they performed the Man Of Constant Sorrow - Live On TV : March 1964 - Bob Dylan in a faster tempo.
Ralph Stanley sang the solo all the way through in the Meu Vício Agora - Kid Abelha - Acústico MTV, but in the version he was joined by other members of the band in added refrains. The fiddle and mandolin of the early version were also replaced by guitar, and a verse was omitted.
In Julythe Stanley Brothers Martin Scorsese - No Direction Home: B the song at the Newport Folk Festival which brought the song to the attention of other folk singers. In November Bob Dylan recorded the song, which was included as a track on his eponymous debut Waterloo - Various - The 70s - 74 as "Man of Constant Sorrow".
Dylan performed a different version of the song that is a new adaptation of Stanleys' lyrics in his Never Ending Tour. The band used a melody similar to Dylan's, and for the most part also Dylan's lyrics but substituting 'Birmingham' for 'Colorado'.
The arrangement differed significantly, with violin, electric Single O - Woody Herman - The New Swingin Herman Herd, and saxophones, although it stayed mainly in the major scales of A, D and E. It was the band's only chart single. In the film, it was a hit for the Soggy Bottom Boys, and would later become a real hit off-screen. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
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