December 11.2013 – Story Behind The Song “I Am A Man Of Constant Sorrow” by the Soggy Bottom Boys

See the video here! Soggy Bottom Boys Man Of Constant Sorrow

The song is a real life reflection of a bluegrass musician from Kentucky of the early 20th century. He was miner and logger who was robbed, shot and ended up blind. His only means of income was his music.

Kentucky bluegrass fiddler, Richard Dick Burnett wrote the song in 1913.

Emry Arthur recorded it in 1928, but it was made famous by Ralph Stanley and the Stanley Brothers in 1950. Bob Dylan and Waylon Jennings also recorded a version

This song was featured in the movie “Oh Brother, Where Art Thou?”, which is based on the novel The Odyssey. The song relates to the story: the line, “I am a man of constant sorrow. I’ve seen trouble all my days” refers to Odysseus and all the troubles he had on his journey home.

The Soggy Bottom Boys were a group that was made up for the movie with George Clooney as one of the members. The real voice was that of Dan Tyminski ( from the band Union Station, with backing vocals from Harley Allen and Pat Enright.

The current version was recorded at Doobie Shay studios, from Franklin County, Virginia.

“Man Of Constant Sorrow” won the 2001 CMA award for Best Single and a Grammy Award for Best Country Collaboration with Vocals

It was one of the best moments in Grammy history was the reaction of the lead singer, Dan Tyminski, when they announced ‘Man of Constant Sorrow’ to be ‘Best Country Collaboration with Vocals’ (2001). You could tell he was beyond amazed; he started to stand up, but the moment overwhelmed him and he sat back down, shaking his head, his big smile beaming across his face. It was as if he couldn’t quite believe it.

LYRICS: Written by Dick Burnette
I am a man of constant sorrow
I’ve seen trouble all my days
I bid farewell to old Kentucky
The place where I was born and raised
The place where I was born and raised

For six long years I’ve seen in trouble
Little pleasures have 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

[Refrain]
Well I’m a Man, I’m a Man
I’m a Man of Constant Sorrow
I’m a Man, I’m a Man
I’m a Man of no tomorrow
I’ve seen trouble all my days

It’s time for goodbyes my old lover
I don’t think I’ll see you again
For I’m bound to ride that southern railroad
Perhaps I’ll die on this train
Perhaps I’ll die on this train

[Refrain]
Well I’m a Man, I’m a Man
I’m a Man of Constant Sorrow
I’m a Man, I’m a Man
I’m a Man of no tomorrow
I’ve seen trouble all my days

You can just bury me in some deep valley
For many years I may lay
Then you may learn to love another
While I’m sleeping now cold in my grave
I’m sleeping cold in my grave
I’m sleeping cold in my grave

[Refrain]
Well I’m a Man, I’m a Man
I’m a Man of Constant Sorrow
I’m a Man, I’m a Man
I’m a Man of no tomorrow
I’ve seen trouble all my days
I’ve seen trouble all my days
I’ve seen trouble all my days

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