Film Song of the Day: Man of Constant Sorrow – The Soggy Bottom Boys

O Brother Where Art ThouThe Coen Brother’s O Brother Where Art is one of their best film’s. Set in the deep south during the 1930’s depression, the story follows Ulysses Everett McGill (George Clooney) as he escapes prison chained to his fellow prisoners Pete (John Turturro) and Delmar (Tim Blake Nelson). A chain of events occur, based on the events in Homer’s epic poem The Odyssey, which lead the three outlaws into a barrage of predicaments. The film’s soundtrack is equally brilliant, with songs like Big Rock Candy Mountain, Keep on the Sunny Side, Down To The River To Pray and You Are My Sunshine all helping to emmerse the film in deep southern roots. However, the song that is most identifiable with the film is The Soggy Bottom Boys version of Man Of Constant Sorrow. The version in the film was especially recorded, based on a version that Dick Burnett, a partially blind Kentucky fiddler. The song was later recorded by Emry Arthur and Bob Dylan. All three versions are below for you to listen to and compare.

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