Skip to main content

Will The Circle Be Unbroken? Hymn Lyrics and History

Will The Circle Be Unbroken Story


Ada R Habershon is the author of "Will the Circle Be Unbroken written in 1907. The music was provided by Charles H Gabriel.

This song has gone through many variations and is sometimes unattributed. However, it is now commonly accepted that it was first written by Ada R Habershon with music by Charles H Gabriel.

I was later reworked by AP Carter for the Carter family as "Can the Circle be Unbroken".

Gabriel also associated with the songs "Send the Light," "Higher Ground," "Since Jesus Came Into My Heart," "My Saviour's Love," and "His Eye Is on the Sparrow."

This song is mostly attributed to A P Carter of the Carter Family who changed some words of the original.

Ada R Habershon


Will The Circle Be Unbroken Lyrics (original)


There are loved ones in the glory
Whose dear forms you often miss.
When you close your earthly story,
Will you join them in their bliss?



CHORUS:




Will the circle be unbroken

By and by, by and by?
Is a better home awaiting
In the sky, in the sky?



In the joyous days of childhood

Oft they told of wondrous love
Pointed to the dying Saviour;
Now they dwell with Him above.



(Chorus)




You remember songs of heaven

Which you sang with childish voice.
Do you love the hymns they taught you,
Or are songs of earth your choice?



(Chorus)




You can picture happy gath'rings

Round the fireside long ago,
And you think of tearful partings
When they left you here below.



(Chorus)




One by one their seats were emptied.

One by one they went away.
Now the family is parted.
Will it be complete one day?
(Chorus)

AP Carter Version of Will The Circle Be Unbroken




I was standing by the window

On one cold and cloudy day
And I saw the hearse come rolling
For to carry my mother away



Can the circle be unbroken

Bye and bye, Lord, bye and bye
There's a better home a-waiting
In the sky, Lord, in the sky



Lord, I told the undertaker

Undertaker, please drive slow
For this body you are hauling Lord
I hate to see her go



Can the circle be unbroken

Bye and bye, Lord, bye and bye
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



Can the circle be unbroken

Bye and bye, Lord, bye and bye
There's a better home a-waiting
In the sky, Lord, in the sky



Went back home

Lord, my home was lonesome
Miss my mother she was gone
All my brothers, sisters crying
What a home so sad and lone



Can the circle be unbroken

Bye and bye, Lord, bye and bye
There's a better home a-waiting

In the sky, Lord, in the sky

Below is the 1908 hymnal version with musical chords.


Will The Circle Be Unbroken Hymn Video


Below is Johnny Cash & Family singing AP Carter version of Will The Circle Be Unbroken.



Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Heaven Came Down and Glory Filled My Soul Hymn

Story Behind Heaven Came Down  Heaven Came Down is a hymn that is of recent origin as it was written in 1961 by John W Peterson. It draws its inspiration from a testimony delivered by an old man named Jim at Montrose Bible Conference Grounds, Pennsylvania. During the testimony talked of his conversion experience. In the testimony he used the phrase, "It seemed like Heaven came down and glory filled my soul." It is this phrase that inspired John W Pearson to write a song using this phrase later that week.  John W Peterson wrote over a thousand hymns but it is this song that has touched and continues to touch millions of Christians all over the world. He died on September 20, 2006, at the age of 84 after suffering from prostate cancer. It is so sweet to entrust and surrender our lives to our Savior and Lord Jesus Christ. Heaven does literally come down into our hearts when we do that. John W Peterson Heaven Came Down and Glory Filled My Soul

When We Walk With The Lord Hymn (Trust And Obey) - History of hymn

When We Walk With The Lord History This hymn came about from an incident at one of Dwight L Moody's revival meetings in 1887. A young man who had just given his life to the Lord Jesus Christ was reportedly heard saying, 'I am not quite sure - I am going to trust and obey.'  Daniel B Towner- Trust and Obey The music director of the Moody Bible Institute, Professor Towner, was present at the meeting when these words were uttered. Based on these words, Professor Towner with the help of John Sammis, who developed the lyrics, composed the music to this hymn Trust and Obey or When we walk with the Lord. The words seem so simple but they express the feelings of many Christians. It is not easy to trust and obey but that is what we are all called to do if we are to be happy in Jesus. This song has remained popular with many Christian singers to this day and it is my hope that you too will be blessed by this simple but powerful Christian song. A brief Intro of

On Christ The Solid Rock I Stand (My Hope Is Built On Nothing Less) Lyrics and Story

My Hope Is Built On Nothing Else / On Christ The Solid Rock I Stand History My Hope Is Built on Nothing Less or On Christ The Solid Rock I Stand is the best-known hymn of Edward Mote who wrote it in 1834. The original title of this hymn was, "The Immutable Basis for a Sinner's Hope". Edward Mote was the pastor of Rehoboth Baptist Church in Horsham West Sussex in the United Kingdom. It looks as if the inspiration for this hymn came from Christ parable of the wise and foolish builders. In the parable, Christ speaks of the foolish builder who built his house on sinking sand while the wise builder built his on solid rock. As you would imagine a storm easily swept away the one built on sand. Edward Mote - On Christ the Solid Rock Christ is the solid rock upon which we can build our house of faith. Any other foundation is like one on sand and will ultimately fail. On the authorship of this song Mr. Mote's explanation, communicated to the Gospel Herald, is