“It takes a worried man to sing a worried song. I’m worried now, but I won’t be worried long”

Maybank and I were singing this one again yesterday. Being a lazy SOB, I have very cleverly (I think) and quite surrepticiously and under-handedly inserted the new version of Worried Man Blues into an old Worried Man Blues post and I am passing it off as a fresh-off-the-press, new post. I don’t think anyone will notice, especially since I kept it a secret. Never mind. It’s a great song and we hope you sing along.

The origins of this song are not clear (at least not to Wikipedia). The Carter family first recorded it eighty years ago. The Stanley Brothers did it. Ralph Stanley has a good version, recorded only a few years ago. Woody Guthrie recorded it. Johnny Cash. etc., etc. I first heard it done by Ramblin’ Jack Elliot, who does it splendidly of course. It’s a Country, Bluegrass, and folk classic, a standard. The lyrics (naturally there are many versions and I’ve changed them a bit myself) are as fine as you’ll find, so it’s a fun song to play.

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