This cloud can’t hang around forever.

I am a man of constant sorrow 
I’ve seen trouble all my day. 
I bid farewell to old Kentucky 
The place where I was born and raised. 
(The place where he was born and raised)

For six long years I’ve been in trouble 
No pleasures here on earth I found 
For in this world I’m bound to ramble 
I have no friends to help me now. 

[chorus] He has no friends to help him now 

It’s fare thee well my old lover 
I never expect to see you again 
For I’m bound to ride that northern railroad 
Perhaps I’ll die upon this train. 

[chorus] Perhaps he’ll die upon this train. 

You can bury me in some deep valley 
For many years where I may lay 
Then you may learn to love another 
While I am sleeping in my grave. 

[chorus] While he is sleeping in his grave. 

Maybe your friends think I’m just a stranger 
My face you’ll never see no more. 
But there is one promise that is given 
I’ll meet you on God’s golden shore. 

[chorus] He’ll meet you on God’s golden shore.

(lyrics via)


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