“Will The Circle Be Unbroken” is a very popular Christian hymn and it seems to be a favorite among many country artists.

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“Will The Circle Be Unbroken:” A Country Gospel Staple

This popular hymn was written by Ada R. Habershon way back in 1907. It is certainly one of country gospel’s oldest songs.

Due to the song’s really old age, it has now become part of the public domain, meaning the song’s intellectual property no longer exists and so can be used by anybody without having to credit the owner or pay any kind of royalty.

The hymn’s chorus would appear in other songs like “Can The Circle Be Unbroken” and “Daddy Sang Bass.”

In 1935, A.P. Carter reworked the song and the Carter family released it as a single. Their version is officially titled “Can The Circle Be Unbroken” and follows the original structure of the song but has different lyrics and a modified chorus.

“Will The Circle Be Unbroken:” A True Country Hymn 11

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In 1972 the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band recorded their version of the Carter family’s song but kept the title “Will The Circle Be Unbroken” instead of the title by the Carter Family.

Other artists who have recorded this song are John Lee Hooker, The Staple Singers, Bob Dylan, George Jones, The Neville Brothers, Wonder Stuff, and Susan Boyle to name just a few.

In the annual 4th of July picnic in 2018, Willie Nelson sang this on stage with then senate candidate Beto O’Rourke.

“Will The Circle Be Unbroken,” A Song Of Comfort For The Bereaved

This song was always intended as a funeral song. The message of the song is a celebration of our reunion up in heaven.

The song’s story speaks of the death, funeral, mourning, and acceptance of the protagonist’s mother. To us Christians, we know that death is something always sad, but at the same time, we know it is temporary.

We can take comfort in the fact that because we are saved by the Lord, we can all have a happy reunion by and by on heaven and celebrate our eternal life thus breaking the circle of death.

Take a listen to the hymn here!