Nitty Gritty Dirt Band - Will The Circle Be Unbroken Lyrics



I was standing by my window,
On one cold and cloudy day
When I saw that hearse come rolling
For to carry my mother away

Will the circle be unbroken
by and by, Lord, by and by
There's a better home a-waiting
in the sky, Lord, in the sky

I said to that undertaker
undertaker please drive slow
for this lady you are carrying
Lord, I hate to see here go

Will the circle be unbroken
by and by, Lord, by and by
There's a better home a-waiting
in the sky, Lord, in the sky

Oh, I followed close behind her
Tried to hold up and be brave
But I could not hide my sorrow
When they laid her in the grave

Will the circle be unbroken
by and by, Lord, by and by
There's a better home a-waiting
in the sky, Lord, in the sky

I went back home, my home was lonesome
missed my mother, she was gone
all of my brothers, sisters crying
what a home so sad and lone

Will the circle be unbroken
by and by, Lord, by and by
There's a better home a-waiting
in the sky, Lord, in the sky

We sang the songs of childhood
Hymns of faith that made us strong
Ones that Mother Maybelle taught us
Hear the angels sing along

Will the circle be unbroken
by and by, Lord, by and by
There's a better home a-waiting
in the sky, Lord, in the sky

Will the circle be unbroken
by and by, Lord, by and by
There's a better home a-waiting
in the sky, Lord, in the sky




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Nitty Gritty Dirt Band Will The Circle Be Unbroken Comments
  1. Allen Trey

    Just a silly ole song bill.. ain't it?

  2. ConFrex

    who is the harmonica player with glasses?

    Al Eddy

    Jimmy Fadden I think

  3. Ben's Harp Club

    Can someone tell me who the harmonica player is please?

    Ben's Harp Club

    Is it Jimmie Fadden maybe?

  4. Peter K.

    what a song.....what a band....simply great.....

  5. David R. Davidson

    Hands down one of my favorite Gaither Homecoming Video presentations!

    NGDB is STILL a GOAT of a band that got together with some of the other GOATS of; Bluegrass, Gospel and Country for this one. Bill and Gloria Gaither knocked another out the musical history park. Homerun!

    God bless and Shalom Y'all from Kentucky!

  6. ConFrex

    I dont know who the majority of these people are? some dont look like country singers. The two guys on the banjo? the guy with the glasses and harmonica? the guy with the long salt-n-pepper hair and goatee who looks like a cover model? The creepy looking guy in a blue open shit at 1:52 and what looks like fake hair?

  7. Yukari Yakumo

    Thumbs up if Ken Burns sent you here

  8. michael minikel

    outstanding!!!!!!

  9. Terry Miller

    131 tin ears broke the circle.

  10. LJ Madrigal Music

    yee-haw!!

  11. Chris Miller

    I needed this today...……….

  12. Zorrend Howeverth

    The circle is broken when people will mess with people to get their kits out of it

  13. C Williams

    This was one of the first albums I've ever owned. My brother was tired of me playing Derek & the dominos and Black Oak Arkansas all of the time so he gave me this album and Roy Clark LIVE. I didn't know it at the time but it would be a gift that would last my entire life! I play this song every time I stand on stage and play my guitar and I would trade a leg to be on that stage jamming with Del McCoury and his son, Marty Stuart and Jeff Hanna and every one else up there. I sure hate to hear this called crap because its one of the few true american art forms and I'm sure the crap callers don't have anything better....

  14. Raven Kitley

    God let the circle be broken for at last three years because I need a emotional break for this autistic 26 year old girl I can’t do it a again for a while Rest In Peace nana Papa bear uncle Joey aunt Cindy grandpa Kitley

  15. BERTIL SCALI

    Nice music, but sorry folks, there are no such things as god and heaven.
    It"s called "fairy tales".

  16. mike mouse

    This is what you call bluegrass.Great performance.

  17. 88Gibson LesPaul

    Duane Allman and the Allman Brothers do a fine job on this song in their Mountain Jam on their album Eat A Peach. Very different, but very good.

  18. Pieman X

    This song was sang as my mam was lowered down 10 years ago. I miss her so much.

  19. Mark T Ewing

    So many legends up there... So glad to see Marty Raybon up there too. Cool story about him... I was working at an amusement park where he and his son came to visit on vacation back around 96'. I asked him if he was Marty from Shenandoah, he confirmed he was. I asked for his autograph, and he obliged, but not before asking if I knew Jesus. I did! But, that's never left my memory. I feel like in many ways I am a better man today for following Marty and his music.

  20. Ashraf Shahriar Khan

    Bioshock Infinity ❤❤❤🌈

  21. mundrubjet

    Lost my Mother when I was 3 in 1965. Boo hoo...Diabetes. Oh, how she suffered. Last thing I remember is them wheeling her away into the hospital on a stretcher. My 3 year old brain didn't understand that mommy wasn't coming back. Spent the rest of my adult life trying to fill the empty void she left with alcohol. I am 55 now and the jury is still out on that one. I am saved according to John 3:3. I believe that this video is a portal to how it will be in Heaven. Christian brothers and sisters raising voices in praise and in solidarity. If I meet my mom in Heaven or if I don't, I believe that Heaven will be such a place as this... where there is peace and love and brotherhood and sisterhood. I for one, can not wait for that day when I'll Fly Away... Love to all of you, and to my mom... and to Uncle Don and Aunt Dotty...woot...Ol Sarge...

    Femur Fan

    You WILL see your dear mother, again. Blessings to you.

  22. ken t

    good listening!! i always enjoy the gaither productions. it's wonderful watching the great performers on stage, in the background, and in the audiance. thanks for sharing.

  23. Seth Carlow

    Starts to sing along to it.
    love it this so awesome.

  24. Greg Fisher

    That was perfect!

  25. Chas. Baird

    sstick your bible up your arse

  26. Gene Goodwin

    By far my favorite version of this great song!

  27. Kenneth Truitt Jr

    Marty Stuart is a fake n only in it for the money n his wife as well.

    Winston Tucker

    Kenneth Truitt Jr just how do you figure that?

    parrotprodigy productions

    Winston Tucker Yeah, I'm curious, too!

  28. marla wood

    Jesus Christ said, that who believes in me will receive power of the Holy Spirit. And go and spread the word to all creation

  29. Alyssa Allen

    Love it so much

  30. Charles Duguid

    This in my opinion is the best version of this classic gospel song

  31. Al Miller

    AP Carter would be so proud.

  32. tommy torbet

    When my mom passed on this was played at her funeral I remember everyone began to sing even those who had never heard it before it was a moment that brought everyone together in a time of need for everyone.. she meant the world to us.. may she smile on

    parrotprodigy productions

    tommy torbet I am sorry for your loss... Your sentiments were beautifully written.

  33. wildwood valleyboy

    ..why did Del say "undertaker" three times,....lyrics should be -"oh I told that undertaker, -undertaker pleas drive slow,"...

  34. jennifur sun

    RIP to my mama and my daddy

  35. Tjeerd Veenstra

    100 punten.!!!!

  36. Z Viskovic

    Psalm 103:17    But the love of the Lord remains forever with those who fear him.
    His salvation extends to the children’s children.

  37. clara babo

    Gosto de música country ! ...... Diz-se que o banjo nasceu em Portugal ...

  38. GreetingsFromRapture246

    İn the sky..

  39. Reported990

    who is the man singing at 2 minutes?

    Brad3894

    Reported990, it's Marty Raybon from the group Shenandoah.

  40. Claudie A

    Family and friends sang this after Moms' funeral... sad, sad day... one i will never forget xo

  41. wit airbrush

    สุดยอดครับ

  42. Caio Correa

    Vim pelo livro "A ascensão do Governador" do The Walking Dead

  43. Donna Buckner Buckner

    so beautiful song

    Jody Proffitt

    Amen to that Donna! I've heard this song for as long as I can remember (seems like at least 50 years). And, the older I get the better it sounds!

    Chief Till

    Jody Proffitt Amen to that. I've heard this since I was a kid and now that I'm in my late 30s, the song is even more beautiful and means so much more to me.

    Donna Buckner Buckner

    Beautiful song all ways loved it

  44. Allan Briggs

    Great version. The only superior version is the One recorded at the Transatlantic Music sessions featuring Michelle Wright, Iris de Ment and Morad ( pronounced De Winnie). fantastic version

  45. Stephen

    I was looking for this song from Bioshock infinite. Found this.

  46. thereddrob

    [verse1] Jimmy Ibbotson (Nitty Gritty Dirt Band)
    [verse2] Del McCoury (Del McCoury Band)
    [mandolin solo] Ronnie McCoury (DMB)
    [verse3] Marty Raybon (Shenandoah)
    [verse4] Marty Stuart
    [verse4 accompaniment] Jeff Hanna (NGDB)

    Loretta Najarian

    Thank you for posting the soloists. I love this song!

  47. Johanna glory glori aleluya Suero

    I was standing by my window
    On one cold and cloudy day
    When I saw that hearse come rolling
    For to carry my mother away

    Will the circle be unbroken
    By and by, Lord, by and by
    There's a better home a-waiting
    In the sky, Lord, in the sky

    I said to that undertaker
    Undertaker please drive slow
    For this lady you are carrying
    Lord, I hate to see her go

    Will the circle be unbroken
    By and by, Lord, by and by
    There's a better home a-waiting
    In the sky, Lord, in the sky

    Oh, I followed close behind her
    Tried to hold up and be brave
    But I could not hide my sorrow
    When they laid her in the grave

    Will the circle be unbroken
    By and by, Lord, by and by
    There's a better home a-waiting
    In the sky, Lord, in the sky

    I went back home, my home was lonesome
    Missed my mother, she was gone
    All of my brothers, sisters crying
    What a home so sad and lone

    Will the circle be unbroken
    By and by, Lord, by and by
    There's a better home a-waiting
    In the sky, Lord, in the sky

    We sang the songs of childhood
    Hymns of faith that made us strong
    Ones that mother Maybelle taught us
    Hear the angels sing along

    Will the circle be unbroken
    By and by, Lord, by and by
    There's a better home a-waiting
    In the sky, Lord, in the sky

    Will the circle be unbroken
    By and by, Lord, by and by
    There's a better home a-waiting
    In the sky, Lord, in the sky

    Seth Carlow

    Awesome.

  48. marongiu nicholas

    Thank you bioshock!!!

  49. Jolene Goodwin

    THE EVERY BEST SONG EVER SING
    IS THIS ONE IT TOUCH'ES MY HEART
    I REALLY LOVE THE SONG

  50. Matt James

    This is just too amazing. Much thanks for your post.

  51. Kadi Yt

    Just lost my grandma I'll love you forever 😔🙏🏾

  52. wildwood valleyboy

    ...so strange?...Tim sings BLUE NIGHT in key of 'B',...this song in G,...my point is, -that B is too high for BLUE NIGHT, and G is too low for CIRCLE !!!!...that is from one extreme to another !,...when will they ever learn ?

    Nils Voelkel

    right G is an easy guitar play tune but not every the best A is better sounds more powerful even the second level must increase one tone tune at least from G to A

  53. Kate Parker

    why Connie Smith doesn't have a microphone, I don't know but this is great ❤

  54. vikhuli sumi

    I love to see Jimmy and band

  55. Screamer 89

    Bioshock Infinite!

    Alexandre Lopes

    +Screamer 89 exato

    P0w3r_1337

    +Screamer 89 This song inspired the bioshock song. Lord is omitted in the bio shock version for better story continuity.

    505BR

    😭I almost cried when I closed the game is when I played in the "favela" phase with that wonderful solo Elizabeth miss😭

    pytko3

    Almost.

  56. Jake Patty

    Marty Raybon on for the win

  57. Macie Vaughn

    I love this song best in world

  58. PAULA COX

    Praise the name of Jesus!!! I'm going home!!!

    Sasusaku4Eva!

    PAULA COX See you on the other side!

    mundrubjet

    Over these prison walls I'll fly...I'll fly away...In the mornin. When I die, Halleluiah, by and by...I'll fly away...

  59. Lasse Håkansson

    Great !!!!!

  60. wildwood valleyboy

    ...why are they doing it in G ?...A. Bb. or B is what it should be done in,...thought there was a law on that !

    thinkpol

    @wildwood valleyboy You're being hypocritical. You said the song should be in A or B or Bb, and got your panties all in a wad about it, but if you really think it could be any key which "enhances the song" then you're a hypocrite. You make a lot of comments about things being "in the wrong key" but then you say it's subjective. What "enhances" the song is purely subjective. Hypocritical much?

    P.S. There is no space before end punctuation. Since you're so pedantic about what key a song is played it I would have assumed you'd at least have good grammar. 

    wildwood valleyboy

    +thinkpol I do have good grammar, my mother was a school teacher ! The reason I space before end punctuation is for "enhancement" ! Lets keep this debate purely musical !

    thinkpol

    @wildwood valleyboy "Enhancement" is not a valid excuse to have bad grammar. Never will you ever read in any grammar book that that is acceptable, it actually makes it weaker because it's bad grammar. Plus you never space after ellipses and have lots of weird commas. But, if you want to keep it musical, you're still musically hypocritical. You can't insist on a "correct" key based on subjectivity. 

    wildwood valleyboy

    +thinkpol ....I just did !

    thinkpol

    @wildwood valleyboy Then you insist hypocritically, thus your "argument" has no legitimacy or value.

  61. jane vantassle

    This is so great.... wow..... love it   Amen

  62. Stefano Collica

    Troppo bello questo brano. Ho il doppio o triplo album fin dal 1977, un bel gruppo country , che in alcuni brani potete trovarci Vassar Clement al violino. Una goduria per chi ama la buona musica.

  63. Mary Phillips

    I really miss my mother

    Matawah

    we all...

    Kat35 Lulu

    @Mary Phillips And I miss my dad.  I'm guessing all our folks loved this music........ was a sweeter, kinder, and just flat out classier time.......

    Seth Carlow

    i miss my Grandpa and my Grandma.

  64. joe ball

    this is my favorit  gospel song
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  65. Pey Tsing

    Awesome!

  66. Evrett Hammond

    What Jim Hammond Helped With this

  67. Farm Girl

    This is one of all time favorites

    Wendy Moseley

    How great thou art

  68. garrett manasco

    How can you not love this song? Thank You so Much!

  69. David Belton

    Just great!

  70. Harry Griffiths

    I can see through all the tears

  71. David Newcum

    That sure made me feels good after a long day

  72. mundrubjet

    Retired US Army Sergeant...Stood on the battlefields of Iraq in 06 and all of 07. Saw some friends die. Never had this kind of family. Wish I had. But I see here the love and good spirit...a snapshot of good things to come...The circle will indeed be unbroken...The Lord, Our God will see to it...Hoooaaaahhh!!! Old Guard...

    mundrubjet

    11Bravo says it all to me. Why is the sky blue?? Because God loves the Infantry!! What makes the green grass grow?? Blood!! Blood!! Blood!!
    I feel you, my brother. I hope you will give God a chance. John 3:3, Jesus said, "No man can see the Kingdom of Heaven, Lest he be born again..." The book of Romans explains how to become "Born again" Know this, the 1st birth is of the flesh (water)... the 2nd birth is spiritual. You must have this 2nd birth to go to Heaven. Soldier, follow the instructions of the Field Manual and obey your lawful order. In your heart, you know it is just, true and right. When this life is over, you will stand tall before the Man. And He will require you to account for your actions. Do not let Him down. Hope to spend eternity with you, my 11Bravo brother. Manchu, Keep Up The Fire....

    Shannon Easley

    Thank you for your service!

    JiangHui

    Thank you for your service. Five years after you posted this, you are still a hero in many eyes (mine included).

    Shawna Reiter

    Your family Sir are Americans who are grateful for your service! Mother of US Army soldier Afghanistan 2013.

    TTT Gaming

    Spoofer11Bang that's the Holy Spirit my friend

  73. Matt Dobing

    HILLBILLY PIRADE!

  74. thomas free

    Classic !

  75. Mark Maysey

    Now this is music!

    CrawfishParish

    oh man i love it..thx for share this

    Mark Maysey

    @CrawfishParish
    You're welcome good friend, I'm glad you enjoyed it.

    Dorothy Wilt

    Seven Spanish Angels

    Dylaan McEwen

    I agree

  76. David Sosa

    Bioshock Infinite puto! >:C

  77. Winston Tucker

    Crap? How dare anyone call this crap? The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band wrote and recorded this first and the others on stage with them are all legends. Del McCoury, Marty Stuart and Marty Raybon. Great job by all.

    Brenda Sistler

    Yes. Author: Ada R. Habershon (1907)
    Tune: [There are loved ones in the glory]
    Published in 47 hymnals (Hymnary.org)

    Damien LeBlanc

    popular Christian hymn written in 1907 by Ada R. Habershon with music by Charles H. Gabriel.

    Damien LeBlanc

    They often go uncredited by the many who have performed it since. Legendary Carter Family performed the song before the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band existed.

    TheKingKookie

    yeah its a little self-wankerous aint it mate

    1111Pel

    Sorry Winston, Ada R. Habershon wrote the song in 1907. It had be sung an recorded by many many people before TNGDB. This is a great rendition though.

  78. meriokingston

    sorry for your loss man

  79. Jake Liberty Prime Jarvis

    My grandfather just passed away today.

    I'm not a religious person, nor do I wish to be, but this song has always been one of my favorites and even though I can't accept an afterlife as fact it feels good to entertain the thought from time to time.

  80. I'm Busy

    Played at my Grandma's funeral 22 years ago. Even though I'm an atheist I still can't get away from this song. Makes me emotional every time.

    TTT Gaming

    proudmomofbug that's Gods power

    Timothy Longworth

    I hear that. I'm totally agnostic and think Abrahamic religions are bullshit but absolutely love this track.

    Kevin Loving

    +Timothy Longworth +Imbusy as long as you have breath there is time to accept Jesus as your Savior. Jesus stands at the door of your heart. Open up and let Him in.

  81. TheGameDeviant

    Whats dead will die, and whats lived will live

  82. Trina McG

    This was sung at my mothers funeral. I didn't listen to the words since I was so heartbroken. Never knew it fit so well.

  83. RoyChavezSer

    Marty has blue eyeshadow

  84. Job Tying

    WTF IS THIS CRAP?

  85. Wayne Shafer

    GOOD. BUT STILL CAN'T COMPARE TO STEPHEN HILLS VERSION.