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Darlin' Corey

from The Long Grey Line by Debra Cowan



(trad. arr. Cowan/Bartley)

This was a favourite song when I was about 6 or 7 years old. My mom had purchased a recording by a folksinger named June Bugg, and I immediately fell in love with this song. “Darlin’ Corey” is a tune that all banjo players know well and the song is usually performed in a bluegrass style. I adapted the song to an unaccompanied blues style, and when Geoff Bartley came along with his resonator guitar, the song became complete for me.


Wake up, wake up, Darlin' Corey.
What makes you sleep so sound?
Them revenue officers a'comin'
For to tear your still-house down.

Well the first time I saw Darlin' Corey
She had a wineglass in her hand
She’d been drinkin that cold hard liquor
With a low down sorry man

And the next time I saw Darlin’ Corey
She was standin’ on the banks of the sea
She had forty-fours strapped around her body
And a banjo on her knee

And the last time I saw Darlin’ Corey
She was standin' in the still-house door
With her shoes and stockin's in her hand
An' her feet all over the floor.

Go and dig me a hole in the meadow
A hole in the cold, cold ground
Go and dig me a hole in the meadow
Just to lay Darlin’ Corey down


from The Long Grey Line, released January 23, 2001
Vocal: Debra Cowan
National Style-O resonator Guitar: Geoff Bartley


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Debra Cowan Shrewsbury, Massachusetts

Singer Debra Cowan performs a cappella and with guitar, interpreting a wide range of folk songs. Debra has two acclaimed solo recordings to her credit, and her third, “Fond Desire Farewell” was produced by former Fairport Convention drummer Dave Mattacks. A former California resident, she now resides in Massachusetts and tours all over North America and the United Kingdom. ... more

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