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Published on Feb 13, 2007
The origins of this traditional folk song are largely unknown. Some believe it came from Ireland, others from the Catskills or the Appalachians, and some believe it comes from the African-American tradition.
Among the many artists who have recorded this song are Trace Adkins, Joan Baez, Johnny Cash, Eva Cassidy, Burl Ives, Tennessee Ernie Ford, Patty Griffin, Emmy Lou Harris, Allison Krauss, Roger McGuinn, Natalie Merchant, Bill Monroe, Dolly Parton, Jerry Reid, Tony Rice, Almeda Riddle (1959), Dusty Springfield, Jo Stafford, Doc Watson and Jack White.