KEEP ON THE SUNNY SIDE

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KEEP ON THE SUNNY SIDE

“Keep On the Sunny Side” was the theme song of “Country Music’s First Family,” aka
the Carter Family. And Ada Blenkhorn is deservedly famous for her 1899 lyrics, which
are so beloved by so many. In reality, Ada’s lyrics were long ago credited to A.P. Carter,
who swiped all three stanzas and who receives credit for Sunny Side in the liner notes for
“O Brother, Where Art Thou?” and at the A Prairie Home Companion website, and just
about everywhere else. Which is worse, I wonder, writing world-famous words and
having your name forgotten, or writing world-famous words and having them stolen from
you?. Tough call.
There’s a dark and a troubled side of life
There’s a bright and a sunny side too
Though we meet with the darkness and strife
The sunny side we also may view
Keep on the sunny side always on the sunny side
Keep on the sunny side of life
It will help us every day it will brighten all our way
If we keep on the sunny side of life
Oh the storm and its fury broke today
Crushing hopes that we cherish so dear
The clouds and storm will in time pass away
The sun again will shine bright and clear
Let us greet with a song of hope each day
Though the moment be cloudy or fair
Let us trust in our Savior always
To keep us every one in His care