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Girl of Constant Sorrow

Girl of Constant Sorrow, LP artwork
Girl of Constant Sorrow by Sarah Ogan Gunning, LP artwork
Girl of Constant Sorrow, CD artwork
Girl of Constant Sorrow by Sarah Ogan Gunning, CD artwork

Sarah Ogen Gunning was a Kentucky folk singer and union supporter at the time of the Harlan County Coal War of the early 1930's. With her sister, Aunt Molly Jackson, Gunning sang songs in support of the push to organize in the midst of strong resistance from company bosses and their privately hired guards. This collection, which presents a mix of unaccompanied labor songs and tales of hardship, was originally recorded by labor folklore authority Archie Green in the early 1960's. The record's first song, "I am A Girl of Constant Sorrow", was first recorded by Alan Lomax in 1937, and is a personal adaptation of the well-known Appalachian Ballad "I am a Man of Constant Sorrow".

Track Listing

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I Am a Girl of Constant Sorrow Sarah Ogan Gunning 1:41
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Loving Nancy Sarah Ogan Gunning 1:53
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Old Jack Frost Sarah Ogan Gunning 1:11
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May I Go with You, Johnny Sarah Ogan Gunning 1:52
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The Hand of God on the Wall Sarah Ogan Gunning 2:43
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Down on the Picket Line Sarah Ogan Gunning 1:18
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I Hate the Company Bosses Sarah Ogan Gunning 4:07
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I'm Going to Organize Sarah Ogan Gunning 1:17
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Christ Was a Wayworn Traveler Sarah Ogan Gunning 2:59
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Why Do You Stand There in the Rain? Sarah Ogan Gunning 1:28
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Dreadful Memories Sarah Ogan Gunning 2:27
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Old Southern Town Sarah Ogan Gunning 1:46
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I Have Letters from My Father Sarah Ogan Gunning 4:13
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Captain Devin Sarah Ogan Gunning 1:42
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Gee Whiz, What Have They Done to Me Sarah Ogan Gunning 1:54
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Davy Crockett Sarah Ogan Gunning 1:07
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Battle of Mill Spring Sarah Ogan Gunning 2:20
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Just the Same Today Sarah Ogan Gunning 2:59
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Sally Sarah Ogan Gunning 1:58
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Oh, Death Sarah Ogan Gunning 2:13
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