First published in 1913 by the blind Richard Burnett.Also recorded by the Stanley Brothers and others. Played by Bob Dylan on Bob Dylan (1962), and released in a live version (from the TV show “Folk Songs & More Folk Songs”, March 1963) on No direction home (2005) Tabbed by Eyolf Østrem
/c /b D/a G CI am a man of constant sorrow /b D G /c-b D/aI”ve seen trouble all my days G CI”ll say goodbye to Colorado D GWhere I was born and partly raised.Your mother says I”m a strangerMy face you”ll never see no moreBut there”s one promise, darling:I”ll see you on God”s golden shore.Through this open world I”m about to rambleThrough ice and snows, sleet and rainI”m about to ride that morning railroadPerhaps I”ll die on that train.I”m going back to ColoradoThe place that I started fromIf I had known how bad you”d treat me honeyI never would have come.Version from spring tour 2002For the spring tour 2002, Dylan brought out this song again, andplayed it in a version that is basically the same as the version fromOh Brother, where art thou? (which again is based on Ralph Stanley’s version), crossed with the start/stoparrangement of Cold Irons Bound.The bracketed lines are sung in three-part harmony with Larry andCharlie.The tab is based on the version from Stockholm, Apr 5, 2002. I have avague recollection of seeing him play it in C (chords: C, F and G) inOslo two days later, but I may be wrong – I had other things on mymind. Anyway, F is the key of the version in the film, so Bob may havecopied that too (can that man never come up with an originalthought…?) (just kidding) (in case you wondered).
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F . . . F . . . Bb . .I am a man of constant sorrow. C . . . FI”ve seen trouble all my daysF . . . F . . . Bb . .I”ll bid farewell to old Kentucky . C . . . F . .The place where I was born and raised. . C . . . F