Countryklassieker du jour: Man Of Constant Sorrow

Man of Constant Sorrow is van origine een 19e-eeuwse Baptistische hymne. Ralph Stanley hoorde zijn vader het lied zingen, waarna Ralph en broertje Carter de melodie voorzagen van een seculiere tekst. In 2000 maakte dankzij de Coen Brothers een miljoenenpubliek kennis met deze tijdloze klassieker.


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 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
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)

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