Historic Sheet Music Collection

Authors

Harry Clifton

Document Type

Score

Publication Date

1869

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Pulling Hard against the Stream

Hitchcock’s Dime Series of Select Music for the Million.

By Harry Clifton.

New York: Benjamin W. Hitchcock (1869)

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Lyrics:

[Verse 1]
In the world I’ve gained my knowledge,
And for it have had to pay;
Though I never went to college,
Yet I’ve heard that poets say,
Life is like a mighty river,
Rolling on from day to day,
Men are vessels launch’d upon it,
Sometimes wreck’d and cast away.
So then

[Chorus]
Do your best for one another,
Making life a pleasant dream,
Help a worn and weary brother,
Pulling hard against the stream.

[Verse 2]
Many a bright good-hearted fellow,
Many a noble-minded man,
Finds himself in water shallow:
Then assist him if you can.
Some succeed at every turning,
Fortune favors every scheme;
Other, too, though more deserving,
Have to pull against the stream:
So then

[Chorus]

[Verse 3]
If the wind is in your favor,
And you’ve weather’d every squall,
Think of those who luckless labor,
Never get fair winds at all:
Working hard, contented, willing,
Not a friend, and not a shilling,
Pulling hard against the tide:
So then

[Chorus]

[Verse 4]
Don’t give way to foolish sorrow,
Let this keep you in good cheer,
Brighter days may come tomorrow,
If you try and persevere.
Darkest nights will have a morning,
Though the sky be overcast;
Longest lanes must have a turning,
And the tide will turn at last:
So then,

[Chorus]

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