…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.

J. How­ard Ent­wisle (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Ada J. Blenkhorn (1858–1927)

This song was in­spired by by Ada’s dis­a­bled ne­phew, who loved to have his wheel­chair pushed down the sun­ny side of the street.

The Car­ter fam­i­ly, of coun­try mu­sic fame,  learned of the song from Al­vin P. Car­ter’s uncle, a mu­sic teach­er. They re­cord­ed it 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.

The Whites sang the song in the 2000 film O Bro­ther, Where Art Thou?

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