Is My Living in Vain

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"Is My Living in Vain"
Single by The Clark Sisters
from the album Is My Living in Vain
GenreContemporary gospel
LabelSound of Gospel Records
Songwriter(s)Elbernita Clark

"Is My Living in Vain" is a African American gospel song by the Clark Sisters which first appeared on their 1980 live album, Is My Living in Vain, and released as a single the same year. The Clark Sisters recorded the song live at Bailey Cathedral in Detroit, Michigan.

The song has since been covered and sampled by a number of singers. The lyrics are a series of rhetorical questions asking if the singer's actions are in vain.[1]

On August 31, 2018, the Clark Sisters performed the song live at Aretha Franklin's funeral in Detroit.[2]

Cover versions and uses in popular culture[edit]

In 1993, American group Xscape covered "Is My Living in Vain" for their debut album Hummin' Comin' at 'Cha.[3] [4]In 2006, the song was again covered by Zie'l.[5][6]The song is sampled in the 2017 song "Talking to God, Pt. 2" by rapper Deante' Hitchcock.[7][8]

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1989–1990) Peak
US Gospel Digital Song Sales [9] 3


  1. ^ Williams, Kimberley Denise (July 22, 2018). "We Need To Put More Respect On The Clark Sisters' Names". Vibe. Retrieved September 1, 2019.
  2. ^ Izadi, Elahe; Butler, Bethonie; Rao, Sonia (August 31, 2018). "'She gave us pride and a regal bar to reach': Everything that happened at Aretha Franklin's 8-hour funeral". The Washington Post. Retrieved September 1, 2019.
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