Hard Times Come Again no More
SATB a cappella

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This arrangement of the classic Stephen Foster song has some jazz-influenced harmonies, and I wrote it with the intention of finding a middle ground between the newly re-popularized pop/a-cappella genre and more traditional choral music. The song, first published in 1854, was popular during the American Civil War, and speaks to the heart of the human condition in a way that is no less timely now than it was a century and a half ago.

Let us pause in life's pleasures and count its many tears,
While we all sup sorrow with the poor;
There's a song that will linger forever in our ears;
Oh! Hard times come again no more.

'Tis the song, the sigh of the weary,
Hard Times, hard times, come again no more.
Many days you have lingered around my cabin door;
Oh! Hard times come again no more.

While we seek mirth and beauty and music light and gay,
There are frail forms fainting at the door;
Though their voices are silent, their pleading looks will say
Oh! Hard times come again no more.

'Tis a sigh that is wafted across the troubled wave,
'Tis a wail that is heard upon the shore
'Tis a dirge that is murmured around the lowly grave
Oh! Hard times come again no more.

for information on obtaining sheet music, please contact me at WalkerWilliamsMusic@gmail.com