…Casting all your care upon Him; for He careth for you.@1 Peter 5:7

Ada J. Blenkhorn, in Bright Melodies, edited by John R. Sweney & Howard Entwisle (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: John J. Hood, 1899) number 128. The song was inspired by a phrase used by Ada’s nephew, who was disabled, and always wanted his wheelchair pushed down the sunny side of the street.

The song was popularized in a 1928 recording by the Carter family, who learned of the song from Alvin P. Carter’s uncle, who was a music teacher. The Carters recorded the song in Camden, New Jersey, in 1928, and it became their theme song on the radio in later years. Alvin Carter’s tombstone in the Mount Vernon Methodist Church Cemetery in Hiltons, Virginia, has a gold record of the song embedded in it. A recording of the song with The Whites was featured in the 2000 film O Brother, Where Art Thou?

J. Howard Entwisle (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Ada J. Blenkhorn (1858-1927)

There’s a dark and a troubled side of life;
There’s a bright and a sunny side, too;
Tho’ we meet with the darkness and strife,
The sunny side we also may view.

Refrain

Keep on the sunny side,
Always on the sunny side,
Keep on the sunny side of life;
It will help us every day,
It will brighten all the way,
If we keep on the sunny side of life.

Tho’ the storm in its fury break today,
Crushing hopes that we cherished so dear;
Storm and cloud will in time pass away,
The sun again will shine bright and clear.

Refrain

Let us greet with a song of hope each day,
Tho’ the moments be cloudy or fair;
Let us trust in our Savior alway,
Who keepeth every one in His care.

Refrain