How Can I Keep From Singing?
Eva Cassidy 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 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 sick with fear
And hear their death knell ringing,
When friends rejoice both far and near
How can I keep from singing?

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?

My life goes on in endless song
Above earth's lamentations,
I hear the real, though far-off hymn
How can I keep from singing?

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Written by: REV. ROBERT LOWRY, ROBERT I. HUGH

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Mark Sze Chai Chan

My life flows on in endless song;
Above earth's lamentation,
I hear the sweet, tho' far-off hymn
That hails a new creation;
Thro' all the tumult and the strife
I hear the music ringing;
It finds an echo in my soul—
How can I keep from singing?
What tho' my joys and comforts die?
The Lord my Saviour liveth;
What tho' the darkness gather round?
Songs in the night he giveth.
No storm can shake my inmost calm
While to that refuge clinging;
Since Christ is Lord of heaven and earth,
How can I keep from singing?
I lift my eyes; the cloud grows thin;
I see the blue above it;
And day by day this pathway smooths,
Since first I learned to love it,
The peace of Christ makes fresh my heart,
A fountain ever springing;
All things are mine since I am his—
How can I keep from singing?



All comments from YouTube:

Don Strasbaugh

Well here I go again! Has anyone ever given more of themselves to their music? I just don’t see it. It just seems to me that Eva felt and thought so deeply about every single moment of her singing. It’s so much more than her incredible voice, which is truly the best ever. Her gift comes from a place so deep within her soul that only deep spiritual connection with one’s self could approach such greatness. To have been her friend must’ve been amazing. Some have said there was a presence about her that was indescribable. Just something really special and very different. Listening to Eva gives us our own beliefs of who Eva was here on earth. For sure she wasn’t perfect. No one in human form is. However, all her great traits and things in her life that were imperfect all contributed to who she is and why her gift is so phenomenal. Sing on angel! We all love you and are so thankful for your time with us. I truly believe there is heaven waiting for those who believe for you are one of Gods angels sent here to open Our souls. Thank you Eva. Thank you so much.

Don Strasbaugh

@stereodreamer23 The simple fact that you got to be in Eva’s presence is a miracle. So few got that gift. I wish I was one of them as I can only see her in my mind and feel her greatness as I believe it to be. If only!

stereodreamer23

I lived in Northern VA in the late 1980s-2000 and worked in Rockville MD from 1990-2000. I was lucky enough to see Eva perform live twice--once at a July 4th festival in Maryland, and once at Blues Alley in Georgetown (I had seats right next to the stage).

I consider seeing her performances to be some of the high points of my life. In person, she radiated joy, love, intensity, and sheer power on a level that I've never seen before or since from a musician. She was truly an angel in human form--otherworldly, elegant, poised, humble, and supremely powerful. The world was blessed to have her walking--and singing--among us for those all-too-short 33 years. And the world is a slightly less wonderful place now that she is gone.

But at least we have our memories, and hundreds of lovely recordings to which we can cling...

timpoiu

if you havent heard it before here is Mick Fleetwood from Fleeetwood Mac, talking about Eva Cassidy.
https://youtu.be/Td5mG_4xp14

Dwayne Miller

Don Strasbaugh - Not sure if you saw my post on Eva's public facebook page, but you can order her biography as written by those who knew her. Awesome book - Songbird - Autographed by her parents, Barbara and Hugh. If you're an Eva fan and don't have one, it is a must have! Eva's sisters manage the web store and if you order, tell Margret I said hi. 😉 Here's the link:
http://www.evacassidy.com/gifts/songbird.htm

just curious

I want this played at my funeral. It helped me through so many times.

Tanya Dohoney

My all-time favorite hymn, and my favorite version. She rocks it like no one else. So glad I discovered all of her music. Heartbreaking that there's not more, but what an amazing short life.

Doug Taylor

Her arrangement is also the best I’ve heard in any cover. Love the fiddle and the volume movements in her voice

MLChampion

Go look up this version by Liam O'Kane (he was one of the predominant singers with the group called, 'Libera'/St Phillip Boy's Choir from the UK). Should be filmed around 1992/1993 or so. Will absolutely raise the hair on your neck .He was about 14 when he did that.

74Voyeur

Like Enya's version, but LOVE Eva's cover

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