Unfortunately, George Clooney probably gets more credit for this song than Dan Tyminski, who created this arrangement and, of course, is the voice and guitarist behind the recording we hear in the movie O Brother, Where Art Thou.
This traditional folk song was first recorded in 1913 by Richard Burnett. Many have covered the song over the years, including Bob Dylan, but this is my favorite rendition. I envy Tyminski for his skills on guitar and his naturally rough, Southern twang.
Many have probably heard of Alison Krauss and Union Station, and, as you can see from the video below, Dan Tyminski is part of Union Station. This particular performance features amazing Dobro (resonator guitar), banjo, fiddle and upright bass parts. This type of folk/bluegrass/country is definitely one of my favorite types of music because of the skill and passion you see displayed from the musicians performing.
(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.
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.
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.
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.
He’ll meet you on God’s golden shore.