Vocal/guitar + acc. Died in 1966. Written in 1913 by his friend and blind banjo player Dick Burnett as Farewell Song. There is no version by the author. Emry Arthur cut it twice; again in '31 as I'm A Man Of Constant Sorrow and in '35 he re-used the melody in The Broken Wedding. All three versions reissued on the Appalachian Stomp Down box set (JSP). Possibly related to the hymn The White Rose.
Hall Brothers [as Constant Sorrow]
Bonnie Dobson [as Girl Of Constant Sorrow]
Roscoe Holcomb [on cd There Is No Eye]
Judy Collins [on debut album by that name]
Bob Dylan [the first song he performed on television (in 1963)]
Kate & Anna McGarrigle [as Why Must We Die?]
Norman Blake [idem]
John Hartford [in film O Brother, Where Art Thou?]
Soggy Bottom Boys [feat. Dan Tyminski of Union Station, arrangement: The Stanley Brothers; also in film O Brother, Where Art Thou?]
Sharon Shannon [vocal: Jackson Browne]
In the brothers Coen film O Brother, Where Art Thou? three escaped chaingang prisoners from Mississippi face an Odyssey of adventures against a background of pre-war country and depression-era blues. The hit of the film is the song they recorded while on the run as The Soggy Bottom Boys in a makeshift studio with only one microphone. Who needs more?