Saturday, July 2, 2011

Hard Times Come Again No More

I've always love the music of Stephen Foster.  This July 4th, I am more aware of the sentiments of these lyrics than ever due to circumstance of folks I know.  Approximately 20% of Americans under 18 live in poverty.


Hard Times by Stephen Foster

As we pause in life's pleasures and count its many tears
Let us all taste the hungers of the poor.
There's a song that will linger forever in our ears:
Hard times, come again no more.
It's a song and a sigh of the weary.
Hard times, hard times, come again no more.


Many days you have lingered around my cabin door.
Hard times, come again no more.
As we seek mirth, and beauty, and music light and gay
There are frail forms fainting at the door.
Though their voices are silent, their pleading looks will say:
Hard times, come again no more.
It's a song and a sigh of the weary.
Hard times, hard times, come again no more.
Many days you have lingered around my cabin door.
Hard times, come again no more.
It's a song that the wind blows across the troubled wave.
It's a cry that is heard along the shore.
It's the words that are whispered beside the lowly grave
When hard times will come again no more.
It's a song and a sigh of the weary.
Hard times, hard times, come again no more.
Many days you have lingered around my cabin door.
Hard times, come again no more.

1 comment:

RonF said...

I have a version of this sung by Thomas Hampson, an operatic baritone who goes off into the more popular music every once in a while. All of his words are completely understandable. I love it when I hear this song as a shuffle on my iPod.

Ron Friedel