Down in the Valley

Solomon Burke

About Down in the Valley

"Down in the Valley" is a 1962 R&B song written by Bert Berns and Solomon Burke and originally recorded by Solomon Burke. It was released on Atlantic as a B-side to "I'm Hanging Up My Heart For You". It was covered by Otis Redding on his album Otis Blue. Burke's original version is a classic example of early country soul with booming vocals.


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Down in the valley, the valley so low,
Late in the evenin', hear the train blow.
Hear the train blow, dear, hear the train blow,
Late in the evenin', hear the train blow.

The train won't stay, love, it goes right through.
It will be gone, love, and so will you!
Know I love you, dear, know I love you,
Angels in heaven know I love you!

The train is gone, love, and out of sight;
Goodnight my darlin', darlin' goodnight!

Goodnight my darlin', darlin' goodnight!

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Solomon Burke

Solomon Burke (March 21, 1940 – October 10, 2010) was an American recording artist and vocalist, who shaped the sound of rhythm and blues as one of the founding fathers of soul music in the 1960s and a "key transitional figure in the development of soul music from rhythm and blues. He had a string of hits including "Cry to Me", "If You Need Me", "Got to Get You Off My Mind", "Down in the Valley" and "Everybody Needs Somebody to Love". Burke was referred to as "King Solomon", the "King of Rock 'n' Soul", "Bishop of Soul" and the "Muhammad Ali of soul". Due to Burke's minimal chart success in comparison to other soul music greats such as James Brown, Wilson Pickett and Otis Redding, Burke is often described as the genre's "most unfairly overlooked singer" of it… more »

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10 facts about this song

Artist Background
Solomon Burke is often referred to as the "King of Rock 'n' Soul." He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001, demonstrating the impact he had on the genre.
Genre Classification
"Down in the Valley" is a soul music song. Soul music is a genre that combines elements from rhythm and blues, gospel music, and a touch of jazz.
Release Information
"Down in the Valley" was released in 1962 as the second track on Burke’s album "If You Need Me."
Song Performance
"Down in the Valley" is one of Solomon Burke's most recognized hit singles and was widely accepted by fans for the passionate and soulful energy that he delivered.
Songwriting Credits
Bert Berns, who also wrote songs for Van Morrison, wrote "Down in the Valley."
Cover Versions
The song has been covered by multiple other artists, including Otis Redding and The Rolling Stones, testifying to its enduring appeal.
Song Legacy
"Down in the Valley" is regarded as a classic in the soul music genre and has been covered countless times over the years.
Music Composition
The song combines the raw emotional grit of R&B with the spiritual lyricism of gospel, creating a highly relatable song that resonates with a large audience.
In Pop Culture
In 2011, Burke's "Down in the Valley" was featured in the soundtrack for the movie "Crazy, Stupid, Love."
Tribute to Burke
After Solomon Burke passed away in 2010, performances of "Down in the Valley" often serve as a tribute to his legacy and contribution to the music industry.

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