Man of Constant Sorrows – Dan Tyminski / Soggy Bottom Boys

Dan Tyminski is a bluegrass composer, vocalist, and instrumentalist. He is a member of the band Alison Krauss and Union Station and has released a solo album entitled Carry Me Across the Mountain (2000) on the Doobie Shea Records label.

He is likely best known for his updated version of the song “Man of Constant Sorrow,” which was featured in the movie O Brother, Where Art Thou? and won the 2001 CMA award for best single as well as a Grammy Award for best Country Collaboration with Vocals (along with Harley Allen and Pat Enright, filling out the vocals for the movie’s Soggy Bottom Boys). In total, he has won 10 Grammy awards for solo and collaborative projects.

Man of Constant Sorrows

I am the man of constant sorrow
I’ve seen trouble all my days
I bid farewell to ol’ Kentucky
The place where I was borned and raised.

The place where he was borned and raised

For six long years I’ve been in trouble,
no pleasure here on earth I’ve 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 fair thee well, my old true 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.
And 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 never will see no more
But there is one promise that is given,
I’ll meet you on Gods golden shore

He’ll meet you on God’s golden shore

  • Audio from the 2000 album, O Brother, Where Art Thou?:
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