Man of Constant Sorrow banjo tabs & chords

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  • Scruggs Style

    Difficulty

    A simple, yet bluesy version of Man of Constant Sorrow that teaches using leaving out the "3rd" of the G and A chords.

    • Key D
    • 100 bpm
    • Tuning aDGBD
    Play Scruggs Style
  • Bluesy Style

    Difficulty

    A Ron Block-style take on this classic traditional tune Man of Constant Sorrow. Ron uses a lot of bluesy slides and pull-offs on the 2nd string.

    • Key D
    • 100 bpm
    • Tuning aDGBD
    Play Bluesy Style
  • Backup

    Difficulty

    A rolling and bluesy backup version of Man of Constant Sorrow to demonstrate filling in-between vocal lines.

    • Key D
    • 100 bpm
    • Tuning aDGBD
    Play Backup

Man of Constant Sorrow lyrics

I am a man of constant sorrow
I've seen trouble all my days
I bid farewell to old Kentucky
The state where I was borned and raised

For six long years I've been in trouble
No pleasure here on earth I find
For in this world I'm bound to ramble
I have no friends to help me now

It's fare thee well my own 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

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

It's fare you well to a native country
The places I have loved so well
For I have seen all kinds of trouble
In this cruel world, no tongue can tell

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