"I Am A Man Of Constant Sorrow" as written by and Rod Stewart....
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

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

Lyrics submitted by jared_niceguy

"I Am a Man of Constant Sorrow" as written by Victor Carrera John Allen

Lyrics © Peermusic Publishing, Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

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  • +2
    General CommentCountry and bluegrass needs to play more kool toons like this one. This song makes me wanna put on a pair of overalls and marry my cousin Yeeeehaaah
    Billy Bedlamon December 28, 2004   Link
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    General CommentThere are two versions of this song...both are sung by Dan Tyminski, who I believe plays with the bluegrass group Union Station. The one where Clooney flawlessly lip-synchs is the one that sticks only with a single acoustic guitar, which is played by Chris Thomas King. From there, we have the radio edit, which is the one everybody remembers. I prefer the stripped-down version because it's better overall, no violins, no mandolins, just one guitar and a few voices. Tyminski is a great vocalist and picker while Clooney is a great actor and lip-syncher. Classic tune in my mind.
    OpinionHeadon July 01, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI absolutley LOVE this song! The movie, also, is SPECTACULAR! "Well, ain't this place a geographical oddity. Two weeks from everywhere!" Too many great lines to chose from and this song fits the tone of the movie so well.

    I truly belive that this movie is one of those that you most assuredly have to see at least twice. When I first saw it, thought it was the dumbest movie i'd ever seen - Saw it again and 'got it' the second time around.

    Look up the live version of this song with AKUS (Alison Krauss & Union Station) - to DIE for! So rich and captivating!
    bottleofrainon January 08, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI LOVE THIS SONG!
    it's about Odysseus.
    but yes, this song is the greatest.
    heartinaheadlockon May 17, 2007   Link
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    General Commentthis song is superb. love it so much! the movie is a masterpiece. i also like the credit song "In the Big Rock Candy Mountains"!!

    "Ain't this a geographical oddity! Two weeks from everywhere!!!"
    ColdenScenceon April 24, 2008   Link
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    General CommentOne of my favorite quotes (don't know if it's true or not) about Dan Tyminski's performance is from his wife who is reported to have said, "It's a dream come true - Dan's voice and George Clooney's body." The song (and songs) seems so spot on for the movie. Epic in it's own nature Man of Constant Sorrow is a man who can't escape his past and sees his peace coming when he is finally dead and buried deep in a sunny valley. It was such a great idea to not only involve so many talented musicians but to give many of them cameo's through-out the movie. Many feel the response to this movie launched a Blue Grass revival of sorts. I was lucky enough to catch one of the concerts centered around the musicians and music from the movie at The Ryman Auditorium in Nashville. A breath taking experience indeed!
    Splerbon July 26, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentHave you seen the movie? Absolutely hysterical.
    I like this song-- It's catchy.
    anna118kon March 08, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis is my favorite movie. a good take on Homer's Odessey. this song is very good to sing to. very lyrically sound for the era. at the end when they sing this it is a riot. when they sing it at the studio, watch Ulysses' eyes. Its hilarious.
    hurleychick42069on May 23, 2002   Link
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    General CommentThe movie is one of my favorite movies and my favorite Coen Brother's movie. George Clooney does a great job lipsyncing at times you alomost think its him. Everbody should go pick up the soundtrack and companion Cd.
    TheIcemanon June 13, 2002   Link
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    General CommentExcellent movie. The song is catchy, easy to get stuck in your head.
    ledzepp115on August 11, 2002   Link

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