Will The Circle Be Unbroken? Hymn Lyrics and History

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.

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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 Hymn Video

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

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