How Can I Keep From Singing

“How Can I Keep From Singing?” (also known by its incipit “My Life Flows On in Endless Song”) is an American folksong originally composed as a Christian hymn by American Baptist minister Robert Wadsworth Lowry. The song is frequently, though erroneously, cited as a traditional Quaker or Shaker hymn. The original composition has now entered into the public domain, and appears in several hymnals and song collections, both in its original form and with a revised text that omits most of the explicitly Christian content and adds a verse about solidarity in the face of oppression.

Leave it to the Irish to make a good inspiring song from it.

Celtic Woman “How Can I Keep From Singing”

Lyrics

My life goes on in endless song
Above earth’s lamentations
I hear the trumpets sounding strong
That hails a new creation

Through all the tumult and the strife
I hear it’s music ringing
It ever echoes in my life
How can I keep from singing?

And though the shadows gather round
The endless song it giveth
My strength within and joy unbound
The world of truth it liveth

Though dark the night and long the road
I hear the music ringing
And with such power and grace bestowed
How can I keep from singing?

No storm can shake my inmost calm
While to this rock I’m clinging
How can I ever come to harm?
How can I keep from singing?

Then sings my soul with love profound
A fountain ever springing
Deep from the earth, how sweet the sound
How can I keep from singing?

Source: Musixmatch
Songwriters: R. Lowry / Wayland Rodgers
How Can I Keep From Singing lyrics © Figs D Music, Rathmines Music Limited

How Can I Keep From Singing
The song received new prominence in 1991 when Irish musician Enya released a recording of the hymn on her album Shepherd Moons. Enya’s version follows Pete Seeger’s replacement of some more overtly Christian lines, for example: “What tho’ my joys and comforts die? The Lord my Saviour liveth” became “What tho’ the tempest ’round me roars, I hear the truth it liveth.”

How Can I Keep From Singing Enya – Eithne Pádraigín Ní Bhraonáin

Lyrics

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 its 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?

Source: LyricFind
Songwriters: Eithne Ni Bhraonain / Nicky Ryan / Roma Ryan
How Can I Keep From Singing lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC