On October 13, , on the Diane Rehm Show , Ralph Stanley of the Stanley Brothers , whose 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 — my 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. In , The Stanley Brothers recorded a version of the song they had learnt from their father.
Bob Dylan recorded his version in , which 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 stranger' 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 to the winner of the eighth season of The Voice Sawyer Fredericks. The arrangement of the song in the recording however was their own and they performed the song in a faster tempo. Ralph Stanley sang the solo all the way through in the version, 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 July , the Stanley Brothers performed 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 album 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 guitar, 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. Sharing online how to literally play a song i.
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