Keep on the sunny side

(1) There’s a dark and a troubled side of life; There’s a bright and sunny side too; Tho’ we meet with the darkness and strife, The sunny side we also may view.

(Chorus) Keep on the sunny side, Always on the sunny side, Keep on the sunny side of life; It will help us ev’ry day, It will brighten all the way, If we keep on the sunny side of life.

(2) Tho’ the storm in its fury break today, Crushing hopes that we cherished to dear, Storm and cloud will in time pass away, The sun again will shine bright and clear.

(3) Let us greet with a song of hope each day, Tho’ the moments be cloudy or fair; Let us trust in our Saviour alway, Who keepeth ev’ry one in His care.

Written in 1899 by Ada Blenkhorn. Inspired by her nephew, though paralyzed, always asked to “have his wheelchair pushed on the sunny side of the walk”. She was 41 years old when she wrote this song. Its appearance in hymnals (according to hymnary.org) was 8% of all hymnals from 1903-1904.

In 1928 the Carter Family found the song, popularized it, and it became an “anthem” of the Great Depression.