So one of my friends sent me the soundtrack to Oh Brother, Where Art Thou?
The songs are really something. I mean, it’s all awesome stuff, from the Chain Gang chant to the little girls singing about how they’ll be working for their Lord to “Big Rock Candy Mountain” (which always makes me cry).
Does anybody know of any collections of more music like this? I guess I’m thinking in terms of “hillbilly” or “mountain” music, especially the gospel stuff. I suppose it would be a kind of bluegrass, but with words, telling a story. The spirituals were great too, and I’d like to get some of those on CD as well if possible; good ones, so I’d like your opinions.
On a side note, when I was a kid, we sang some stuff like this in school, and I remember liking it then. There was one song in particular… went like this…
“Don’t sing love songs/
You’ll wake my mother/
She’s sleeping here, right by my side.
And in her hand/
A silver dagger/
She says that I can’t be your bride.”
And so on. Wish I could remember the rest of the words, but it’s been too long. I remember that we almost sang it like a chant. Slowly, drawn out The gist of the song, as I remember, was that the jealous mother ends up killing the girl’s suitor. Actually, does anybody know anything about that song in particular as well? Anybody maybe know the rest of the words or where I could get a CD of it?
Anyhow, thanking you in advance as always,