Can the Circle Be Unbroken?

“In sorrow we must go, but not in despair. Behold! we are not bound for ever to the circles of the world, and beyond them is more than memory.”

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?
By and by, Lord, by and by.
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?
By and by, Lord, by and by.
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?
By and by, Lord, by and by.
There’s a better home a-waiting
In the sky, Lord, in the sky.

Went back home, Lord,
My home was lonesome
Since my mother she was gone.
All my brothers, sisters crying,
What a home so sad and lone.
Can the circle be unbroken?
By and by, Lord, by and by.
There’s a better home a-waiting
In the sky, Lord, in the sky.

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