Will The Circle Be Unbroken: 30th Anniversary Edition

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    Grand Ole Opry Song

    Come and listen to my story if you will I?m gonna tell
    About a gang of fellers from down at nashville
    First I?ll start with old red foley doin? the "chattanooga shoe"
    We can?t forget hank williams with them good old "lovesick blues"

    It?s time for roy acuff to go to memphis on his train
    With minnie pearl and rod brasfield and lazy jim day
    Turn on all your radios I know that you will wait
    Hear little jimmy dickens sing "take an old cold tater and wait"

    There?ll be guitars and fiddles, earl scruggs and his banjo too
    Bill Monroe singing out them Old Kentucky Blues
    Ernest tubb?s number "two wrongs won?t make a right"
    At the grand ole opry ev?ry saturday night

    There was uncle dave macon his gold tooth and plug-hat
    Cowboy copas singing "tragic romance"
    Signed sealed and delivered with sam and kirk mcgee
    And the master of ceremony was mr. george d. hays

    There was lonzo and oscar a-poppin? bubble gum
    George morgan singin? "candy kisses" yum yum
    "got a hole in my bucket" "bringin? in that georgia mill"
    We?ll sing "the sunny side of the mountain" and dance to the "chicken reel"

    There?ll be guitars and fiddles and banjo pickin? too
    Bill Monroe singing out them Old Kentucky Blues
    Ernest tubb?s number too wrongs won?t make a right
    At the grand ole opry ev?ry saturday night

    You can talk about your singers in all kinds of way
    But none could sing the old songs like bradley kincaid
    With his old hound dog "guitar" and the famous "blue tail fly"
    Stringbean with hank snow and old fiddlin? chubby wise

    There?ll be guitars and fiddles, earl scruggs and his banjo too
    Bill Monroe singing out them Old Kentucky Blues
    Ernest tubb?s number "two wrongs don?t make a right"
    At the grand ole opry ev?ry saturday night
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    Keep On The Sunny Side

    Well there's a dark and a troubled side of life.
    There's a bright and a sunny side too.
    But if you meet with the darkness and strife,
    The sunny side we also may view.

    Keep on the sunny side, always on the sunny side,
    Keep on the sunny side of life.
    It will help us every day, it will brighten all the way,
    If we keep on the sunny side of life.

    Oh, the storm and its fury broke today,
    Crushing hopes that we cherish so dear.
    Clouds and storms will in time pass away.
    The sun again will shine bright and clear.

    Keep on the sunny side, always on the sunny side,
    Keep on the sunny side of life.
    It will help us every day, it will brighten all the way,
    If we'll keep on the sunny side of life.

    Let us greet with a song of hope each day.
    Though the moments be cloudy or fair.
    Let us trust in our Saviour always,
    To keep us, every one, in His care.

    Keep on the sunny side, always on the sunny side,
    Keep on the sunny side of life.
    It will help us every day, it will brighten all the way,
    If we'll keep on the sunny side of life.

    If we'll keep on the sunny side of life.
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    Nashville Blues

    Lyrics are not available
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    You Are My Flower

    When Summertime is gone and snow begins to fall
    You can sing this song and say to one and all

    You are my flower that's blooming in the mountain so high
    You and my flower that's blooming there for me

    So wear a happy smile and life will be worthwhile
    Forget the tears but don't forget to smile

    You are my flower that's blooming in the mountain so high
    You and my flower that's blooming there for me
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    Precious Jewel

    Way back in the hills, when a boy, I once wandered
    Buried deep in her grave lies a girl that I love
    She was called from this earth, a jewel fro heaven
    More precious than diamonds, more precious than gold

    A jewel here on earth, a jewel in Heaven
    She'll brighten the kingdom around God's great throne
    May the angels have peace, God bless her in Heaven
    They've broken my heart and they left me to roam

    When a girl of sixteen, we courted each other
    She promised someday to become my sweet wife
    I bought her the ring to wear on her finger
    But the angels they called her to Heaven one night

    A jewel here on earth, a jewel in Heaven
    She'll brighten the kingdom around God's great throne
    May the angels have peace, God bless her in Heaven
    They've broken my heart and they left me to roam

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    Dark as a Dungeon

    Oh, come all you young fellers, young and so fine
    Seek not your fortune in the dark dreary mine
    It'll form as a habit and seep in your soul
    Till the stream of your blood runs as black as the coal

    Where it's dark as a dungeon, damp as the dew
    Danger is double, pleasures are few
    Where the rain never falls, the sun never shines
    It's dark as a dungeon way down in the mine

    Well, I pray when I'm dead and the ages shall roll
    That my body will blacken and turn into coal
    Then I'll look from the door of my heavenly home
    And pity the miner digging my bones

    Where it's dark as a dungeon, damp as the dew
    Danger is double and the pleasures are few
    Where the rain never falls, the sun never shines
    It's dark as a dungeon way down in the mine
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    Tennessee Stud

    Along about eighteen twenty-five
    I left Tennessee very much alive
    And I never would have gotten through the Arkansas mud
    If I hadn't been a-ridin that Tennessee stud

    I had some trouble with my sweetheart's pa
    And one of her brothers was a bad outlaw
    I sent her a letter by my Uncle Fud
    And I rode away on the Tennessee stud

    CHORUS:
    The Tennessee stud was long and lean
    The color of the sun and his eyes were green
    A-He had the nerve and he had the blood
    And there never was a hoss like the Tennessee stud

    We drifted on down into no man's land
    We crossed that river called the Rio Grande
    I raced my hoss with the Spaniard's foal
    Till I got me a skin full of silver and gold

    Me and the gambler we couldn't agree
    We got in a fight over Tennessee
    We jerked our guns, and he fell with a thud
    And I got away on the Tennessee stud

    The Tennessee stud was long and lean
    The color of the sun and his eyes were green
    A-He had the nerve and he had the blood
    And there never was a hoss like the Tennessee stud

    Well I got just as lonesome as a man can be
    A-Dreaming of my girl in Tennessee
    The Tennessee stud's green eyes turned blue
    Cause he was a-dreamin' of his sweetheart, too

    We loped right back across Arkansas
    I whoop her brother and I whoop her pa
    When I found that girl with the golden hair
    And she was A-ridin' that Tennessee mare (whoa, boy)

    The Tennessee stud was long and lean
    The color of the sun and his eyes were green
    He had the nerve and he had the blood
    And there never was a hoss like the Tennessee stud

    Stirrup to stirrup and side by side
    We crossed them mountains and the valleys wide
    We came into Big Muddy then we forded a flood
    On the Tennessee mare and the Tennessee stud

    There's a pretty little baby on the cabin floor
    A little hoss colt playin' 'round the door
    I love the girl with golden hair
    And the Tennessee stud loves the Tennessee mare (They'se good hosses)

    The Tennessee stud was long and lean
    The color of the sun and his eyes were green
    And he had the nerve and he had the blood
    And there never was a hoss like the Tennessee stud
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    Black Mountain Rag

    Lyrics are not available
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    Wreck on the Highway

    Who did you say it was brother?
    Who was it who fell by the way?
    When whiskey and blood run together
    Did you hear anyone pray?

    I didn't hear nobody pray, dear brother
    I didn't hear nobody pray
    I heard the crash on the highway
    But I didn't hear nobody pray

    When I heard the crash on the highway
    I knew what it was from teh start
    I went ot the scene of destruction
    Adn a picture was stamped on my heart

    There was whiskey and blood all together
    Mixed with glass where they lay
    Death played her hand in destruction
    But I didn't hear nobody pray

    I didn't hear nobody pray, dear brother
    I didn't hear nobody pray
    I hear the crash on the highway
    But I didn't hear nobody pray

    I wish I could change this sad story
    That I am now telling you
    But there is no way I can change it
    For somebody's life is now through

    Their soul has been called by the Master
    They died in a crash on the way
    And I heard the groans of the dying
    But I didn't hear nobody pray

    I didn't hear nobody pray, dear brother
    I didn't hear nobody pray
    I hear the crash on the highway
    But I didn't hear nobody pray
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    End of the World

    Lyrics are not available
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    I Saw the Light

    I wandered so aimless, life filled with sin
    I wouldn't let my dear savior in
    Then Jesus came like a stranger in the night
    Praise the Lord, I saw the light.

    Just like a blind man I wandered a long,
    Worries and fears I claimed for my own.
    Then like the blind man that God gave back my sight
    Praise the Lord, I saw the light

    I was a fool to wander and stray,
    Straight is the gate and narrow the way
    Now I have traded the wrong for the right
    Praise the Lord, I saw the light

    I saw the light, I saw the light
    No more in darkness no more in night
    Now I'm so happy, no sorrow in sight
    Praise the Lord, I saw the light
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    Sunny Side of the Mountain

    Now don't forget me little darling while I'm growing old and gray
    Just a little thought before I'm going far away
    I'll be waiting on the hillside where the wild red roses grow
    On the sunny side of the mountain where the rippling waters fall

    Now don't forget about those days we courted many years ago
    Don't forget all the promises you gave me and so
    I'll be waiting on the hillside on the day that you will call
    On the sunny side of the mountain where the rippling waters fall

    Tell me darling in your letter do you ever think of me
    Please answer little darling tell me where you can be
    It's been so long dear since I've seen you but my love still lingers on
    Don't forget me little darling though our love affair seems gone
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    Nine Pound Hammer

    This nine pound hammer is a little too heavy
    For my size, Buddy for my size

    Roll on buddy, don't you roll so slow
    How can I roll, when the wheels won't roll

    I'm going to the mountain, just to see my baby
    And I ain't coming back, no I ain't coming back

    There ain't one hammer, down in this tunnel
    That can ring like mine, that can ring like mine

    Rings like silver, shines like gold
    Rings like silver, shines like gold

    This old hammer, it killed John Henry
    Ain't gonna kill me, ain't gonna kill me

    It's a long way to Harlan, and a long way to Hazard
    Just to get a little booze, just to get a little booze

    Buddy when I'm log gone, won't you make my tombstone
    Out of number nine coal, out of number nine coal

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    Losin' You (Might Be the Best Thing Yet)

    there's no such thing as sleep for jealous fools
    and being jealous about someone like you
    is sort of foolish too
    the life you choose is the life you want I guess
    losin' you might be the best thing yet

    the longest day I live I'll still be sufferin' from the shame
    while in the gutter you were makin' yourself quite a name
    the loneliness is all that I regret
    losin' you might be the best thing yet

    patiently I sit at home and wait,wonderin' where you are
    and what you are doin' has turned my love to hate
    I wanted you and you wanted anyone you could get
    losin' you might be the best thing yet
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    Honky Tonkin'

    When you are sad and lonely and have no place to go
    Call me up, sweet baby, and bring along some dough
    And we'll go honky tonkin', honky tonkin'
    Honky tonkin', honey baby
    We'll go honky tonkin' 'round this town.

    When you and your baby have a fallin' out
    Just call me up sweet mama and we'll go steppin' out
    And we'll go honky tonkin', honky tonkin'
    Honky tonkin', honey baby
    We'll go honky tonkin' 'round this town.

    We're goin' to the city - to the city fair
    If you go to the city then you will find me there
    > and we'll go honky tonkin', honky tonkin'
    Honky tonkin', honey baby
    We'll go honky tonkin' 'round this town.

    When you are sad and lonely and have no place to go
    Call me up, sweet baby, and bring along some dough
    And we'll go honky tonkin', honky tonkin'
    Honky tonkin', honey baby
    We'll go honky tonkin' 'round this town.
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    You Don't Know My Mind

    Honey you don't know my mind I'm lonesome all the time
    Born to lose a drifter that's me
    You can travel for so long then a rambler's heart goes wrong
    Baby you don't know my mind today

    Heard the music of a rail slept in every old dirty jail
    And life's too short for you to worry me
    When I find I can't win I'll be checking out again
    Baby you don't know my mind today

    I've been a hobo and a tramp my soul has done been stamped
    Lord things I know I learned the hard hard way
    I ain't here to judge or plea but to give my poor heart ease
    Baby you don't know my mind today

    Honey you don't know my mind I'm lonesome all the time
    Born to lose a drifter that's me
    You say I'm sweet and kind I can love you a thousand times
    Baby you don't know my mind today
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    My Walkin' Shoes

    My walkin' shoes don't fit me anymore
    My walkin' shoes don't fit me anymore
    Stay on your side of town, honey, I won't be around
    My walkin' shoes don't fit me anymore

    It's a long way from here to over yonder
    My feet, they're getting mighty sore
    I ain't comin' back, you've made your mind to wander
    My walkin' shoes don't fit me anymore

    My walkin' shoes don't fit me anymore
    My walkin' shoes don't fit me anymore
    Stay on your side of town, honey, I won't be around
    My walkin' shoes don't fit me anymore

    I'll be a long time gone from you, baby
    you'll never hear me knock upon our door
    Thought you were worth it once but I was crazy
    My walkin' shoes don't fit me anymore

    My walkin' shoes don't fit me anymore
    My walkin' shoes don't fit me anymore
    Stay on your side of town, honey, I won't be around
    My walkin' shoes don't fit me anymore
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    Lonesome Fiddle Blues

    Lyrics are not available
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    Cannonball Rag

    Lyrics are not available
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    Avalanche

    Lyrics are not available
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    Flint Hill Special

    Tis sweet to be remembered on a bright or gloomy day
    Tis sweet to be remembered by a dear one far away
    Tis sweet to be remembered remembered remembered
    Tis sweet to be remembered by a dear one far away

    As I travel on this world just ot soothe my rovin' mind
    The messages I get from a dear one left behind
    They were filled with sweetest words that's so touchely when I heard

    Never ever can I foget these are some thigns that she said
    Tis sweet to be remembered
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    Togary Mountain

    Lyrics are not available
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    Earl's Breakdown

    Lyrics are not available
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    Orange Blossom Special

    Lyrics are not available
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    Wabash Cannonball

    From the great Atlantic ocean to the wide Pacific shore
    She climbs a flowery mountains for the hills and by the shore
    She's mighty tall and handsome she's known quite well by all
    She's a regular combination on the Wabash Cannonball

    Listen to the jingle the rumble and the roar
    As she glides along the woodland through the hills and by the shore
    Hear the mighty rush of the engine hear those lonesome hoboes call
    Traveling through the jungle on the Wabash Cannonball

    Well she came down from Birmingham one cold December day
    As she pulled into the station you could hear all the people say
    She's from Tennessee she's long and she's tall
    She came down from Birmingham on the Wabash Cannonball

    Listen to the jingle...

    Here's to daddy Claxton may his name forever stand
    And always be remembered in the courts throughout the land
    His earthly race is over and the curtains round him fall
    We'll carry him home to Dixie on the Wabash Cannonball

    Listen to the jingle...
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    Lost Highway

    I'm a rollin' stone all alone and lost
    For a life of sin I have paid the cost
    When I pass by all the people say
    Just another guy on the lost highway

    Just a deck of cards and a jug of wine
    And a woman's lies makes a life like mine
    O the day we met, I went astray
    I started rolling down that lost highway

    I was just a lad, nearly 22
    Neither good nor bad, just a kid like you
    And now I'm lost, too late to pray
    Lord I paid the cost, on the lost highway

    Now boy's don't start to ramblin' round
    On this road of sin ,or you're sorrow bound
    Take my advice or you'll curse the day
    You started rollin' down that lost highway
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    Doc Watson & Merle Travis: First Meeting

    Lyrics are not available
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    Way Downtwon

    Way downtown just foolin' around
    Took me to the jail
    It's oh me and it's oh my
    No one to go my bail

    It was late last night when Willie came home
    I heard him a-rapping on the door
    He's a-slipping and a-sliding with his new shoes on
    Mamma said Willie don't you rap no more

    Way downtown just foolin' around
    Took me to the jail
    It's oh me and it's oh my
    No one to go my bail

    (break)

    I wish I was over at my sweet Sally's house
    Sittin' in that big armed chair
    One arm around this old guitar
    And the other one around my dear

    Way down town just foolin' around
    Took me to the jail
    It's oh me and it's oh my
    No one to go my bail

    (break)

    Now, its one old shirt is all that I got
    And a dollar is all that I crave
    I brought nothing with me into this old world
    Ain't gonna take nothing to my grave

    Way down town just foolin' around
    Took me to the jail
    It's oh me and it's oh my
    No one to go my bail
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    Down Yonder

    Lyrics are not available
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    Pins and Needles

    I know not where on earth to find you
    I know not how or when to start
    I only know, I'm here without you
    I've got pinsa nd needles in my heart

    The days and night are growing longer
    Since first you said that we must part
    I only know, I can't forget you
    With these pins and needles in my heart

    I always see your face before me
    Your smile is heaven's work of art
    But now you're smiling at another
    And there's pins and needles in my heart

    Sometime, somewhere, we'll meet again, dear
    Then love will make the teardrops start
    Someday you'll know, how long I've waited
    With these pins and needles in my heart
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    Honky Tonk Blues

    Well I left my home down on the rural route
    I told my pa I was going stepping out
    And get the honky tonk blues
    Yea the honky tonk blues
    Hey Lord, I got, I got the honky tonk blues

    Well I stepped into every place in town
    This city life has really got me down
    I got the honky tonk blues
    Yea the honky tonk blues
    Hey Lord, I got, I got the honky tonk blues

    Well I went out last night, I wore out my shoes
    Woke up this morning wishing I couldn't lose
    Those jumping honky tonk blues
    Yea the honky tonk blues
    Hey Lord, I got, I got the honky tonk blues

    I'm gonna tuck my worries underneath my arm
    And scat right back to my Pappy's farm
    And leave the honky tonk blues
    Yea the honky tonk blues
    Hey Lord, I got, I got the honky tonk blues

    Well I'm gonna tuck my worries underneath my arm
    And scat right back to my Pappy's farm
    And lose the honky tonk blues
    Yea the honky tonk blues
    Hey Lord, I got, I got the honky tonk blues
    Hey Lord, I got, I got the honky tonk blues
    Hey Lord, I got, I got the honky tonk blues, yea

    I've been on the road too long
    It's getting lonely out here
    Night after night after night after night
    Let's go home first
    Honky tonk blues
    Honky tonk blues
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    Sailin' on to Hawaii

    Lyrics are not available
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    I'm Thinking Tonight of My Blue Eyes

    Would've been better for us both had we never
    In this wide wicked world had never met
    For the pleasure we've both known together
    I'm sure, love, I'll never forget

    Oh, I'm thinking tonight of my blue eyes
    Who is sailing far over the sea
    Oh, I'm thinking tonight of my blue eyes
    And I wonder if she ever thinks of me

    Oh, you told me once, dear, that you loved me
    And you said that we never would part
    But a link in the chain has been broken
    Leavin me with a sad and aching heart

    Oh, I'm thinking tonight of my blue eyes
    Who is sailing far over the sea
    Oh, I'm thinking tonight of my blue eyes
    And I wonder if she ever thinks of me

    When the cold, cold grave shall enclose me
    Will you come there and shed just one tear
    And say to the strangers around you
    A poor heart you have broken lies here

    Oh, I'm thinking tonight of my blue eyes
    Who is sailing far over the sea
    Oh, I'm thinking tonight of my blue eyes
    And I wonder if she ever thinks of me
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    I Am a Pilgrim

    I am a pilgrim and a stranger
    Traveling through this wearisome land
    I've got a home in that yonder city, good Lord
    And it's not not made by hand

    I got a mother, a sister and a brother
    Who have gone tot his way before
    And I am determined to go and see them, good Lord
    Over on that other shore

    I am a pilgrim and a stranger
    Traveling through this wearisome land
    iv'e got ahome in that yonder city, good Lord
    And it's not not made by hand

    Now I'm goin' down to that river jordan
    Just to bathe my weary soul
    If I can touch but just the hem of His garment, good Lord
    Than I know You'll take me home

    I am a pilgrim and a stranger
    Traveling throug this wearisome land
    I've got a home in that yonder city, good Lord
    And it's not not made by hand
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    Wildwood Flower

    Oh, I'll twine with my mingles and waving black hair
    With the roses so red and the lilies so fair
    And the myrtles so bright with emerald dew
    The pale and the leader and eyes look like blue.
    Oh, I'll dance, I will sing and my laugh shall be gay
    I will charm ev'ry heart, in his crown I will sway
    When I woke from my dreaming, idols were clay
    All portions of love then had all flown away.

    Oh, he taught me to love him and promised to love
    And to cherish me over all others above
    How my heart now is wond'ring misery can tell
    He's left me no warning, no words of farewell.

    Oh, he taught me to love him and called me his flow'r
    That was blooming to cheer him through life's dreary hour
    Oh, I'm longing to see him through life's dark hour
    He's gone and neglected this pale wildwood flower.

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    Soldier's Joy

    Lyrics are not available
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    Will The Circle Be Unbroken

    I was standing by my window,
    On one cold and cloudy day
    When I saw that hearse come rolling
    For to carry my mother away

    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 said to that undertaker
    Undertaker please drive slow
    For this lady you are carrying
    Lord, I hate to see here go

    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

    Oh, 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

    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 went back home, my home was lonesome
    Missed my mother, she was gone
    All of my brothers, sisters crying
    What a home so sad and lone

    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

    We sang the songs of childhood
    Hymns of faith that made us strong
    Ones that mother maybelle taught us
    Hear the angels sing along

    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

    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
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    Both Sides Now

    Lyrics are not available
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    * Foggy Mountain Breakdown

    Lyrics are not available
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    * Warming Up For "The Opry"

    Lyrics are not available
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    * Sunny Side

    Lyrics are not available
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    * Remember Me

    You told me once you were mine, alone, forever,
    An' I was yours till the end of eternity.
    But all those vows are broken now an' I will never,
    Be the same except in memory.
    Remember me when the candle lights are gleamin'.
    Remember me at the close of a long, long day.
    An' it would be so sweet when all alone, I'm dreamin',
    Just to know you still remember me.
    Instrumental break.
    A brighter face may take my place when we're apart, dear:
    Another love, with a heart more bold and free.
    But in the end, fairweather friends may break your heart, dear.
    An' if they do, sweetheart, remember me.
    Remember me when the candle lights are gleamin'.
    Remember me at the close of a long, long day.
    An' it would be so sweet when all alone, I'm dreamin',
    Just to know you still remember me.
    Just to know you still remember me.