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Will the Circle Be Unbroken


I was standing by my window on a cold & cloudy day 
When I saw the hearse come rolling for to carry my mother away 


Will the circle be unbroken by & by, Lord, by & 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' 

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

Went back home, Lord, my home was lonesome, 'cause my mother, she
was gone 
All my brothers, sisters cryin', what a home, so sad and lone 

One by one the seats were emptied, one by one, they went away 
Now that family, they are parted, Will they meet again someday? 

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

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

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