Tom Dooley Lyrics - Kingston Trio

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Frank Warner/John Lomax/Alan Lomax

(Spoken recitation over musical accompaniment)
Throughout history, there have been many songs written about the eternal triangle. This next one tells the story of Mister Grayson, a beautiful woman, and a condemned man named Tom Dooley. When the sun rises tomorrow, Tom Dooley must hang.

Hang down your head, Tom Dooley. Hang down your head and cry.
Hang down your head, Tom Dooley. Poor boy, you're bound to die.

I met her on the mountain. There I took her life. Met her on the mountain. Stabbed her with my knife.


This time tomorrow. Reckon where I'll be. Hadn't been for Grayson, out in Tennese


This time tomorrow. Reckon where I'll be. Hadn't-a been for Grayson, I'd-a been in Tennessee.


This time tomorrow. Reckon where I'll be. Down in some lonesome valley hangin' from a white oak tree.


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The start of it all | Reviewer: George Hoyt | 1/31/2008

This song, more than any other, began the folk music revival of the late 50's, early 60's. Folk music had been on hiatus since the music of Pete Seeger and The Weavers was abruptly cut short by the blacklisting of the performers due to their enrollment in the Communist Party.

(As an aside, I loved the song, "Good Night Irene", one of the last performed by the Weavers and, by far, their most popular release.)

So, along come Dave, John and Nick three guys that attended different schools together in Menlo Park-Palo Alto, California. As I recall, Dave Guard attended Menlo School and College and John and Nick were enrolled at Stanford.

They met at a beer joint on the El Camino in Menlo Park and the rest was history.

I met these three guys in the formative stage of the development of the Trio and liked them from the start. For general information, Dave Guard was the only one of the three that could read music. Found this interesting.

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