Soggy Bottom Boys

I Am a Man of Constant Sorrow
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  • Soggy Bottom Boys
  • O Brother, Where Art Thou
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Day 23 of Fictional Band February 2: The Soggy Bottom Boys!

These guys are from the Coen Brother’s O Brother, Where Art Thou?, and one of the most requested fictional bands to cover.  I hope this doesn’t disappoint too much … because it’s been a while since I watched the movie.

Line-up!

Ulysses Everett McGill - vocals!

Delmar O'Donnell - vocals !

Pete Hogwollop - vocals!

Tommy Johnson - guitar!

The band only initially recorded their cover of ‘I Am a Man of Constant Sorrow’ to make some quick money while on-the-lam but the recording became a huge hit.  Of course, that’s only one of the gang’s many adventures in the movie.  Later on, they perform as the Soggy Bottom Boys again singing 'In the Jailhouse Now.’

For today’s song, I couldn’t not pick Constant Sorrow.  There are a few different variations in the movie and on the soundtrack, this is the second one on the soundtrack.  The voices for the Soggy Bottom Boys were done by Dan Tyminski, Harley Allen and Pat Enright on Constant Sorrow, while Tim Blake Nelson (Delmar) sang ’In the Jailhouse Now’s lead vocal.

Fun facts!

  • The Soggy Bottom Boys were named after bluegrass group The Foggy Mountain Boys
  • Tommy Johnson (the guitarist) said he sold his soul to the devil to be a great guitar player, inspired by blues artists Tommy Johnson and Robert Johnson, who claimed to sell their souls to the devil for the same reason

And… now I really want to watch this movie again.

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I am a Man of Constant Sorrow
O’ Brother Where Art Thou

Man of Constant Sorrow
  • Man of Constant Sorrow
  • Dan Tyminski / Soggy Bottom Boys
  • O Brother, Where Art Thou?
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Man Of Constant Sorrow - Dan Tyminski/Soggy Bottom Boys (O Brother, Where Art Thou?)

(In constant sorrow all through his days)

I am a man of constant sorrow
I’ve seen trouble all my days
I bid farewell to ol’ 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 pleasure here on earth I’ve 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 fair 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.
And 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 never will 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 

“I am a man of constant sorrow, I’ve seen trouble all my days. I bid farewell to old Kentucky, the place where I was born and raised.

For six long years I’ve been in trouble, no pleasure here on Earth I’ve found. For in this world I’m bound to ramble, I have no friends to help me out.

Maybe your friends think I’m just a stranger, my face you never will see no more. But there is one promise that is given, I’ll meet you on God’s golden shore.”

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Soggy Bottom Boys - I Am A Man Of Constant Sorrow