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Will The Circle Be Unbroken

Updated: Nov 10, 2023


Will the Circle Be Unbroken is a famous old folk song written by AP Carter and performed by the Carter family.


During COVID, our friend requested we play the song for an online concert. Dave and I worked together to rewrite the music and melody. And we liked it. It was kind of a cool vibe. More jazzy. I feel like it fit the lyric a bit better.


The song stuck around with us and the lyrics are so honest as they speak to a moment that none of us ever want to experience - the loss of our mother. You may have experienced this already. And AP Carter (the original songwriter) captures these feelings in such a raw way. When we discussed the album tracks, I felt like this song set the stage well for the concept of Fragile.




 

Will the Circle Be Unbroken

Lyrics by A.P. Carter

adapted by Jen Hawley


Standing by my window

On a cold and cloudy day

I saw that hearse come rollin’

To carry my mom away


I said to the undertaker,

“Please drive slow”

This lady you are carrying

Lord, I hate to see her go


Will the circle be unbroken

Bye and bye, Lord, bye and bye

There’s a better home awaitin’

In the sky Lord, in the sky


Follow close behind her

Tried to hold up and be brave

I could not hide my sorrow

When they laid her in the grave


Will the circle be unbroken

Bye and bye, Lord, bye and bye

There’s a better home awaitin’

In the sky Lord, in the sky


Going home was lonesome

My mother she was gone

All my brothers, sisters crying

What a home so sad and lone


Will the circle be unbroken

Bye and bye, Lord, bye and bye

There’s a better home awaitin’

In the sky Lord, in the sky


Will the circle be unbroken

Bye and bye, Lord, bye and bye

There’s a better home awaitin’

In the sky Lord, in the sky



 

Jen - vocals, organ (straight tone)

Steve Widenhofer- drums

Matt Williams- bass, additional drums, percussion, piano bass

Dave - acoustic & electric guitars


Thank you Peer Publishing for allowing me to record

my version of "Will the Circle Be Unbroken" as a cover.


WILL THE CIRCLE BE UNBROKEN

A.P. Carter

Peer International Corporation (BMI) © 1935


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