Will The Circle Be Unbroken


by Charles H. Gabriel (adapted)
I was standing by my window on a cold and cloudy day
When I saw the hearse come rolling for to carry my mother away

E - - - /   / A - - - / E - - - /    / - - C#m - / E - B7 - / E - - - //

 C:	Will the circle be unbroken by and by, Lord, by and by?
There's a better home a-waiting in the sky, Lord, in the sky

Lord, I told that undertaker `Undertaker, please drive slow
For this body you're a hauling, Lord, I hate to see her go'

 C:	Will the circle be unbroken by and by, Lord, by and by?
There's a better home a-waiting in the sky, Lord, in the sky

I followed close behind her, tried to hold up and be brave
But I could not hide my sorrow when they laid her in the grave

 C:	Will the circle be unbroken by and by, Lord, by and by?
There's a better home a-waiting in the sky, Lord, in the sky


 C2:	Will the circle be unbroken by and by, Lord, by and by
There's a better way to live now, we can have it if we try

I was singing with my sister, I was singing with my friends
And we all can sing together, 'cause the circle never ends

 C2:	Will the circle be unbroken by and by, Lord, by and by
There's a better way to live now, we can have it if we try

I was born down in the valley where the sun refused to shine
But I'm climbing up to the highland, gonna make that mountain mine!

 C2:	Will the circle be unbroken by and by, Lord, by and by
There's a better way to live now, we can have it if we try



Italic new words by Cathy Winter, Betsy Rose and Marcia 
Taylor  1988 Authors::  Origin: "Can the Circle..." 
Earliest records by Metropolitan Quartet, Silver Leaf 
Quartet (of Norfolk VA) and Carter Fam::  on Simon and 
Gavin "By Babel's Stream", on Country Gentleman "Sing and 
Play",  on Dorsey Dixon "Babies in the Mill", on 
Baez "Country Music Album" and her "First Ten Years", on 
Willie Nelson "Troublemaker", on Doc Watson "Old Timey 
Concert", on Carter Fam "The Famous", on 
Pentangle "Reflection", on Blue Sky Boys "Presenting 
Strange Creek Singers", and on Pete Seeger/Arlo 
Guthrie "Precious Friend"

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