Words by: Ada Blenkhorn (1858-1927)
Music by: Howard Entwisle (1866-1903)
In 1899 Ada Blenkhorn was inspired to write the Christian hymn by a phrase used by her nephew. Blenkhorn's nephew was disabled and always wanted his wheelchair pushed down "the sunny side" of the street. The Carter Family learned of the song from A. P. Carter's uncle who was a music teacher, and they recorded the song in Camden, New Jersey in 1928. "Keep on the Sunny Side" became their theme song on the radio in later years. A.P. Carter's tombstone has a gold record of the song embedded in it.
The song was popularized in a 1928 recording by the Carter Family. A recording of this song with The Whites was featured in the 2000 movie O Brother Where Art Thou?
Reader's Digest Family Songbook of Faith and Joy, William L. Simon, editor. Montreal, QC: The Reader's Digest Association (Canada) Ltd, 1975.
1902 sheet music by Blenkhorn and Entwisle in a Pentecostal Hymn Book
Ada Blenkhorn (1858-1927)
LYRICS: Keep on the Sunnyside
1. 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 ev'ry day, it will brighten all the way
If we'll keep on the sunny side of life
2. Tho' the storm and 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.
3. Let us greet with the song of hope each day
Tho' the moment be cloudy or fair
Let us trust in our Savior alway
Who keepeth everyone in His care