How Can I Keep From Singing

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a cappella SATB – verses 1 and 3 and music by Robert Lowry, verse 2 by Doris Plenn – arr. Peter Amidon

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      How Can I Keep From Singing - Peter & Mary Alice Amidon

In the Amidons’ ‘Twenty-five Anthems for Interfaith & Community Choirs. Sung here by the Starry Mountain Singers. This 19th century hymn was adapted and adopted by folks like Pete Seeger in the middle 20th century and became a sort of anthem of the folk revival/songs of social change movement.

LYRICS

The Silver Rain
verses 1 and 3 and music by Robert Lowry
verse 2 by Doris Plenn

My life flows on in endless song
Above earth’s lamentations,
I hear the real, though far-off hymn
That hails a new creation.
Through all the tumult and the strife
I hear its music ringing,
It sounds an echo in my soul.
How can I keep from singing?

When tyrants tremble in their fear
And hear their death knell ringing,
When friends rejoice both far and near
How can I keep from singing?
In prison cell and dungeon vile
Our thoughts to them are winging,
When friends by shame are undefiled
How can I keep from singing?

What though the tempest loudly roars,
I hear the truth, it liveth.
What though the darkness ’round me falls,
Songs in the night it giveth.
No storm can shake my inmost calm,
While to that rock I’m clinging.
Since love is lord of heaven and earth
How can I keep from singing?

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