Down in the River to Pray (12-string/DADGAD)





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Published on Oct 18, 2009

Did you ever get a tune stuck in your head? Alison Krauss did a beautiful job of singing this old hymn on the soundtrack of "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" I was listening to it on my MP3 player while on a trip recently. I've been hearing it ever since.

When I arranged it for the guitar, I realized that I would not be able to replicate the haunting harmonies from the original soundtrack, so I kept things simple. I was thinking of a dulcimer type of arrangement.

Played on my old Taylor 555, tuned to DADGAD, lowered a step.

Below is an abbreviated version of the lyrics:

As I went down in the river to pray
Studying about that good ol' way
And who shall wear the robe and crown?
Good Lord show me the way

O sinners, let's go down
Let's go down, come on down
O sinners, let's go down
Down in the river to pray


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