This song was inspired by Ada’s disabled nephew, who loved to have his wheelchair pushed downthe sunny sideof 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, 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.
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.
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.