Soggy Bottom Boys - Man Of Constant Sorrow


Man Of Constant Sorrow Lyrics

I Am A Man Of Constant Sorrow

(chorus) 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.

(chorus) 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.

(chorus) 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.

(chorus) 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.

(chorus) 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.

(chorus) He'll meet you on God's golden shore..

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Meaning to "Man Of Constant Sorrow" song text (2 meanings)
Chris 09/27/14,20:49

I believe that this song is about an escaped convict (as the movie is as well) who is escaping the south where he is wanted. He expects to never see his beloved again, so he gives her permission to move on and find a better man. He believes that he'll be reunited with her once again on "God's golden shore" - in Heaven. There may be some tie to slavery and the underground railroad, which was a secret passage system which helped escaped slaves find refuge in the North, where there was no slavery.
TimilyG 05/14/11,12:54

Great Song! We did a cover of this on YouTube. If you want to check it out, just search 'timothyandrewgregory' in the YouTube search box to find us. Hope you like it!
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