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Dark As A Dungeon was written by American country singer Merle Travis and famously sung by Johnny Cash at Folsom prison. The song is a cautionary tale about the dangers of being a miner. Whilst the lyrics are fun and sometimes tongue in cheek, it has been used as a protest song to advocate for better working conditions.
The 4 part harmonised chorus achieves a full sound and with the unison verses distributed between singers, the arrangement is not too taxing to learn.
Verses 1-3 can be sung by whoever you choose, but the arrangement suggests:
Verse 1 – solo call and response
Verse 2 – group A (half the choir)
Verse 3 – group B (the other half of the choir)
For verse 4, an orator speaks the words whilst the choir quietly oohs the harmonised chorus underneath. This provides variation for the last verse without having to learn any new material.
The audio learning files give suggestions for a general style with ideas to achieve a dynamic performance of the arrangement.
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