“Dark and Dreary Weather”


"It's dark and dreary weather, Almost inclined to rain, My heart is almost broken, My lover has gone on the train!" The singer wonders why she loves him so much, and he loves her not at all. "Some say that love is a pleasure; What pleasure do I see?"


Many of Randolph's versions consist of more floating lyrics than anything else (including even the "jump into the river and drown" stanza best known from "Goodnight Irene"). The net result reminds me strongly of "Farewell He" -- but there seems to be no actual dependence, though the form of the verses is the same. Roud apparently agrees, since he splits the songs. - RBW

Cross references


  • Carter Family, "Dark and Stormy Weather" (Bluebird B-8868, 1941)
  • New Lost City Ramblers, "Dark and Stormy Weather" (NLCR14)


  1. Randolph 750, "Dark and Dreary Weather" (4 texts, 1 tune)
  2. BrownII 168, "Dreary Weather" (1 text)
  3. Roud #6527
  4. BI, R750


Alternate titles: “Dark and Stormy Weather”
Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1921
Found in: US(So)