All My Trials/All My Sorrows


All My Trials is an American folk song with the theme of a mother on her death bed and the opening lines:

Hush, little baby, don’t you cry
You know your mama was born to die
All my trials, Lord, soon be over.

The first recording, under the title Bahaman Lullaby (I would have thought the lyrics most unsuitable for a lullaby) was by Bob Gibson on his 1965 debut album Offbeat Folk Songs.

It became popular during the social protest movements of the late 1950s and 1960 but I will spare you Pete Seeger and Joan Baez. It features in American Trilogy, a song medley arranged by country composer Mickey Newbury in 1971 and often performed by Elvis Presley. Here is one from 1972. I love this.

For reasons best known to themselves the Kingston Trio (Dave Guard, Bob Shane, and Nick Reynolds) wrote a new set of lyrics and renamed the song All My Sorrows for their 1959 album The Kingston Trio At Large. They turned it into a love song with the opening lines:

Only one thing that money can’t buy
True love that will never die
All my sorrows soon forgotten

I don’t see that as any improvement. However this was the version that caught on as a pop song. Here are the Chordettes in 1960.

The Shadows did it in 1961 on their first album The Shadows, but I don’t think all the harmonies are perfect.

This is the Searchers in 1963 on their second album Sugar and Spice.

The Nashville Teens changed the title to Soon Forgotten when they did it as the B-side of their 1965 single I Know How it Feels to be Loved which as far as I know did nothing in the charts.

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