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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