Keep On the Sunny Side

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
1902 sheet music by Blenkhorn and Entwisle in a Pentecostal Hymn Book

Keep On the Sunny Side is a popular American song originally written in 1899 by Ada Blenkhorn (1858–1927) with music by J. Howard Entwisle (1866–1903). The song was popularized in a 1928 recording by the Carter Family. A recording of the song with The Whites was featured in the 2000 movie O Brother, Where Art Thou?.

A variant, "Stay On The Sunny Side", is sometimes sung as a campfire song. It features only the chorus, with some altered lyrics ("You'll feel no pain as we drive you insane"), with knock-knock jokes being told between choruses. [1]

History[edit]

In 1899 Ada Blenkhorn was inspired to write the Christian hymn by a phrase used by her nephew. Blenkhorn's nephew was disabled and always wanted his wheelchair pushed down "the sunny side" of the street. The Carter Family learned of the song from A. P. Carter's uncle who was a music teacher, and they recorded the song in Camden, New Jersey in 1928. "Keep on the Sunny Side" became their theme song on the radio in later years. A.P. Carter's tombstone has a gold record of the song embedded in it.[2][3]

Lyrics[edit]

There's a dark and a troubleds side of life;
There's a bright and a sunny side, too;
Tho' we meet with the darkness and strife,
The sunny side we also may view.
[chorus]
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.
Tho' the storm in its fury break today,
Crushing hopes that we cherished so dear,
Storm and cloud will in time pass away,
The sun again will shine bright and clear.
Let us greet with a song of hope each day,
Tho' the moments be cloudy or fair;
Let us trust in our Savior alway,
Who keepeth everyone in His care.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Stay On the Sunny Side Song". 
  2. ^ Mary A. Bufwack, Robert K. Oermann, Finding her voice: women in country music, 1800-2000, (Country Music Foundation Press, 2003) 0826514324, 9780826514325 [1](accessed July 15, 2009 on Google Books)
  3. ^ Dorothy Horstman, Sing your heart out, country boy (Country Music Foundation, 1996) [2]
  4. ^ keeponthesunnyside.com Accessed 2011-10-13.

External links[edit]

  • Henry Date, E A Hoffman, T C O'Kane, William Warren Bentley, Pentecostal Hymns, Number Three; a Winnowed Collection for Evangelistic Services, Young People's Societies and Sunday Schools (Chicago: Hope Pub. Co., 1902), pg. 28 [3](accessed on July 15, 2009 on Google Books)
  • The free score on www.traditional-songs.com