Hard Times Come Again No More (by Stephen Foster)

Kate & Anna McGarrigle and friends (Rufus Wainwright - son of Kate -, Emmylou Harris, Mary Black, Karen Matheson, Rod Paterson

James Taylor and Y-Yo Ma:



Stephen Foster's original lyrics: 

Let us pause in life's pleasures and count its many tears, While we all share sorrow with the poor; There's a song that will linger forever in our ears; Oh Hard times come again no more.

Chorus: Tis the song, the sigh of the weary, Hard Times, hard times, come again no more Many days you have lingered around my cabin door; Oh hard times come again no more.

While 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 Oh hard times come again no more.

Chorus: Tis the song, the sigh of the weary, Hard Times, hard times, come again no more Many days you have lingered around my cabin door; Oh hard times come again no more. 

There's a pale drooping maiden who toils her life away, With a worn heart whose better days are o'er: Though her voice would be merry, 'tis sighing all the day, Oh hard times come again no more. 

Chorus:  Tis the song, the sigh of the weary, Hard Times, hard times, come again no more Many days you have lingered around my cabin door; Oh hard times come again no more. Oh hard times come again no more.

Please share your reflections on my favorite songs with me.  Thanks! — Bob Wilhelm

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