¶ 3 Leave a comment on paragraph 3 0 Some researchers think that Man of Constant Sorrow is related to the old hymn, I Am a Pilgrim of Constant Sorrow. The lyrics are haunting and worth a careful listen.
¶ 4 Leave a comment on paragraph 4 0 The song was well-known among Dylan’s contemporaries. The most popular version was done by The Stanley Brothers . Ralph Stanley’s version was also included in the popular film Down from the Mountain, a live concert based on the music from the movie, Oh Brother, Where Art Thou.
¶ 5 Leave a comment on paragraph 5 0 Dylan gives the song a strong blues feel. According to Todd Harvey 1 Dylan’s version is unique: he switches the order of the stanzas, changes the words, and alters the melody. He also points out that Dylan changes the lyrics so that the focus of the song is the death of a relationship instead of being an old man’s rumination on death.
¶ 6 Leave a comment on paragraph 6 0 Dylan’s version doesn’t approach the gravity that his elders afford it. Better versions of this song are available on later bootleg recordings. One of the best appears on Golden Vanity, perhaps my favorite Dylan bootleg of all-time.