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How Can I Keep From Singing?

This song is by Enya and appears on the album Shepherd Moons (1991) and on the album Only Time - The Collection (2002).

This song is a cover of the traditional "How Can I Keep From Singing?".
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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?


Music by:

Lyrics by:

'Pauline T', 1868

Lyrics supplemented and amended by:

Doris Plenn, 1950

Additional Information:

  • Traditional hymn
  • Public domain

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