Can the Circle Be Unbroken (By and By)


Can the Circle Be Unbroken (By and By)

Infobox Single
Name=Can the Circle Be Unbroken (By and By)


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Artist=Carter Family
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Released=1935
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Genre=Country
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"Can the Circle Be Unbroken (By and By)" is a country/folk song reworked by A. P. Carter from a hymn by Ada R. Habershon and Charles Gabriel. [cite book
first=Ace
last= Collins
year= 1996
title= The Stories Behind Country Music's All-time Greatest: 100 Songs
edition=
publisher= The Berkeley Publishing Group
location=New York
pages= pp 27-28
id=ISBN 1-57297-072-3
] The song's lyrics concern the death, funeral, and mourning of the narrator's mother.

The song first gained attention due to the Carter Family. The song has been covered by many groups and musicians including The Staple Singers, John Fahey, Roy Acuff, Joan Baez, The Chieftains, The Black Crowes, John Lee Hooker, Bill Monroe, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Pentangle, Spacemen 3, John Statz, Spirit of the West with The Wonder Stuff, The Felice Brothers, and Jeff Buckley. Its refrain was incorporated into the Carl Perkins song, "Daddy Sang Bass". It is primarily covered in Gospel music, Bluegrass music, and Folk music, but versions in other genres exist. Most cover versions of the song use the alternate title "Will the Circle be Unbroken". In 1998 it was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame. In 1982, it was featured in an episode of the hit drama Knots Landing, sung by Julie Harris (Lillimae Clements) and Lisa Hartman (Ciji Dunne).

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* Rise Up Singing page 98

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