Judy Collins: lead vocal, Russell Walden: keyboards,
Donald Barnum, Frank Barr, Gervatcio Basa-Ong Jr, Brian Dougherty
Johnson Rucker, Katie Geissinger, Susan Lewis, Alexandra Montano,
Elizabeth Norman, Alan Paddle, Jacqueline Presti, Peter Stewart, David Vanderwal: choir
(conducted by Johnson Rucker)
Produced by Judy Collins
Recorded by Alan Silverman at Wildflower Studio
Mixed by Alan Silverman at Arf! Digital
(P) & (C) 2006 Wildflower Records

“Yes, how can I, and why should I....?”

My life goes on in endless song
above earth's lamentations,
I hear the real, though far-off hymn
that hails a new creation

Through all the tumult and the strife,
I hear it's music ringing
It sounds an echo in my soul
How can I keep from singing?

While though the tempest loudly roars,
I hear the truth, it liveth
And though the darkness 'round me close,
songs in the night it giveth

No storm can shake my inmost calm,
while to that rock I'm clinging
Since love is lord of heaven and earth
How can I keep from singing?

When tyrants tremble in their fear,
and hear their death knell ringing,
when friends rejoice both far and near
How can I keep from singing?

In prison cell and dungeon vile,
our thoughts to them are winging,
when friends by shame are undefiled
How can I keep from singing?

(Robert Lowry/Pete Seeger/Judy Collins) – Melody Trains, BMI/Wildflowers Company, ASCAP –


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