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Song title: How can I keep from singing

How can I keep from singing

My life flows on in endless song
Above earth's lamentation
I hear the real, thought far off hymn
That hails the new creation
Above the tumult and the strife,
I hear the music ringing;
It sounds an echo in my soul
How can I keep from singing?

What through the tempest loudly roars,
I hear the truth, it liveth
What through 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?

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Published on the following official releases:

Very few performances of this songs are known (to me, at least!):
 - 07/05/2006 Men Arena, Manchester ,GB during the Seeger sessions tour
 - 08/05/2006 Hammersmith Apollo Theatre, London ,GB during the Seeger sessions tour
 - 09/05/2006 St. Lukes Church, London ,GB

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First known live performance: 07/05/2006 Men Arena, Manchester ,GB
Last known live performance: 09/05/2006 St. Lukes Church, London ,GB

Song 'history':

Published on the 'WE SHALL OVERCOME - THE SEEGER SESSIONS' Album, released in April 2006.
Played only a couple of times in the whole The Seeger Session tour (07/05/2006 Men Arena, Manchester ,GB and 08/05/2006 Hammersmith Apollo Theatre, London ,GB)

The song was also played in informal happenings or off-tour appearances
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