“Girl of Constant Sorrow”


Singer tells of leaving her mother (now dead) and her home in Kentucky so that her children could be fed. She then describes the coal miners' poor food, homes and clothing; she is sure "if there's a heaven/That the miners will be there"


Although the source lists a copyright date of 1965, I'm certain [this] was recorded on a Library of Congress field recording in the 1930s or 1940s. - PJS

Cross references


  1. Greenway-AFP, pp. 1168-169, "I Am a Girl of Constant Sorrow" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. Silber-FSWB, p. 128, "Girl of Constant Sorrow" (1 text)
  3. DT, CONSTSR2*
  4. Roud #499
  5. BI, FSWB128B


Author: Words: Sara Ogan Gunning / tune "Man of Constant Sorrow" (Emry Arthur?)
Earliest date: before 1950 (recording by author)
Found in: US(Ap)