Comment pourrais-je arrêter de chanter ? C’est ce que demande Pete Seeger dans cette chanson, coécrite avec Doris Plenn sur une musique de Rev. Robert Wadsworth, et enregistrée en 1982.


HOW CAN I KEEP FROM SINGING ?

My life flows on in endless song
Above earth’s lamentation.
I hear the real, though far off hymn
That hails the new creation

No storm can shake my inmost calm
While to that rock I’m clinging.
It sounds an echo in my soul
How can I keep from singing?

What though the tempest round me roars
I know the truth it liveth
What though the darkness round me close
Songs in the night it giveth

No storm can shake my inmost calm
While to that rock I’m clinging.
Since love is lord of Heaven and earth
How can I keep from singing?

When tyrants tremble, sick with fear,
And hear their death-knell ringing,
When friends rejoice both far and near,
How can I keep from singing?

In prison cell and dungeon vile
Our thoughts to them are winging.
When friends by shame are undefiled,
How can I keep from singing?