Dark As A Dungeon

Here is Doug McPherson’s arrangement of a Merle Travis song, with practice tracks, chords, lyrics, and 3 part harmony in the chorus.  The lyrics are from the Merle Travis 1946 recording on the 78 RPM box set, “Folk Songs of the Hills”.

I used the  Country Gentlemen’s arrangement, as performed at their reunion show at Woodstock in 1992, as a starting point, but the verse order of the earlier Merle Travis recording. The structure of the song is: Instrumental-verse-chorus-instrumental-2 verses-chorus.

Sheet Music: right click here to download sheet music as a single file PDF, or… click on the music below to expand, or right click, then save images to download, (2 files).dark_as_a_dungeon_page_1dark_as_a_dungeon_page_2
Practice Tracks:

These tracks are the entire arrangement, minus the repeated verse, with the targeted part a little louder, using a vocal “ah” sound, and the other vocal parts and chords using a piano sound. Voice types (alto etc.) are suggestions only. Right click on the titles to download, or click on the play icon to play.

Lead Voice: Melody, (Baritone or Alto) 

 

Upper Harmony: (Tenor 1 or Soprano)

 

Lower Harmony: ( Tenor 2 or Baritone)

 

I HOLD NO COPYRIGHT ON ANY OF THE SOURCE  MATERIAL FOR THIS ARRANGEMENT.  PLEASE ALERT ME IMMEDIATELY OF ANY INFRINGEMENT.

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