Song Lyric Sunday: Blue Grass Good Old Boys.

Jim Adams

Hi it’s Sunday and time for Jim Adams to bring us this week’s prompt for Song Lyric Sunday, which is Blue Grass Music .

Bluegrass music is a genre of American roots music that developed in the 1940s in the Appalachian region of the United States. The genre derives its name from the band Bill Monroe and the Blue Grass Boys. Like mainstream country music, it largely developed out of old-time string music, though in contrast, bluegrass is traditionally played exclusively on acoustic instruments and also has roots in traditional English, Scottish, and Irish ballads and dance tunes as well as in blues and jazz. Bluegrass was further developed by musicians who played with Monroe, including 5-string banjo player Earl Scruggs and guitarist Lester Flatt. Monroe characterized the genre as: “Scottishbagpipes and ole-time fiddlin’. It’s a part of MethodistHoliness and Baptist traditions. It’s blues and jazz, and it has a high lonesome sound.”

Now I find Blue Grass a very interesting it spans many years and locations . It’s very easy on the ear …now that may not be quite true, it’s very easy on my ear it may not be everyone’s cup of tea or coffee. I have chosen a very old song by a comparatively modern group.

Man of Constant Sorrow by Home Free.

Home Free is an American country a cappella group of five vocalists: Austin Brown, Rob Lundquist, Adam Rupp, Tim Foust, and Adam Chance. Starting as a show group, they toured with approximately 200 shows a year across the United States. The group won the fourth season of The Sing-Off on NBC in 2013. They sang an arrangement of Hunter Hayes‘ “I Want Crazy” as their final competitive song, earning the group $100,000 and a recording contract with Sony. More information Wiki

Man of Constant Sorrow” (also known as “I Am a Man of Constant Sorrow“) is a traditional American folk song first published by Dick Burnett, a partially blind fiddler from Kentucky. The song was originally titled “Farewell Song” in a songbook by Burnett dated to around 1913. A version recorded by Emry Arthur in 1928 gave the song its current titles.

There exists some uncertainty as to whether Dick Burnett is the original writer. In an interview he gave toward the end of his life, he was asked about the song:

Charles Wolfe: “What about this “Farewell Song” – ‘I am a man of constant sorrow’ – did you write it?” Richard Burnett: “No, I think I got the ballad from somebody – I dunno. It may be my song …

read more about the origin of the song here.

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)

Source: LyricFind

Songwriters: John Allen / Scott Mills / Traditional / Victor Carrera

I Am a Man of Constant Sorrow lyrics © Capitol CMG Publishing, Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC


27 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Ritu
    Mar 19, 2023 @ 06:20:59

    A new genre of music there 🥰🥰🥰


  2. Clive
    Mar 19, 2023 @ 08:10:49

    I first heard this song when Rod Stewart covered it on his first solo album, before he hit the big time. It’s a superb, soulful version. A more recent favourite is Jackson Browne with Sharon Shannon, which is simply beautiful. But for me the definitive version is by Dan Tyminski, with Union Station, aka the Soggy Bottom Boys from the O Brother Where Are Thou movie. Shades of that in this version, I think, but I love the song!


    • willowdot21
      Mar 19, 2023 @ 08:56:29

      Now it’s strange you mentioned O Brother what a great film I loved it! I was going to do this song by Soggy Bottom and the sirens song but decided to go with the home free version as I really like it 💜


      • Clive
        Mar 19, 2023 @ 09:10:15

        I love the movie too but decided to go a different route for today. This is a great song and they do it well.

  3. ivor20
    Mar 19, 2023 @ 09:14:01

    Wow … that was definitely something different and I enjoyed their sound Willow …


  4. newepicauthor
    Mar 19, 2023 @ 12:58:04

    Lovely choice, Willow these guys can really sing. I was not sure if I heard this before, but when Clive mentioned the O Brother movie, it came back to me.


  5. noelleg44
    Mar 19, 2023 @ 13:34:57

    I first heard this on O Brother Where Art Thou and loved it!!


  6. ghostmmnc
    Mar 19, 2023 @ 13:46:52

    I’ve always loved this song and also the movie. I’d not heard of this group of singers, but wow – I really like how they do this! 🙂


  7. Fandango
    Mar 19, 2023 @ 14:44:43

    Great song choice. It was mine as well. I went with the version from the movie and also the Stanley Brothers from the 50s. I like the a cappella version you featured.


  8. glyn40wilton
    Mar 19, 2023 @ 15:03:14

    I really like Home Free’s take on that song.


  9. Dale
    Mar 19, 2023 @ 23:00:40

    I love bluegrass and I love Home Free. Bluegrass became more popular to those who were unfamiliar with the movie Oh Brother, Where Art Thou? Such a fun one.


  10. Christine Bolton, Poetry for Healing
    Mar 20, 2023 @ 12:25:48

    A very interesting pick Willow. A nice version of the song. I love bluegrass music because it reminds me of old Scottish and Irish songs as you mentioned. ☺️💕


  11. glyn40wilton
    Mar 20, 2023 @ 15:06:48

    Funny enough, I almost chose that ‘Man of Constant Sorrow’ version myself.


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