How Can I Keep From Singing?


Robert Lowry

“How Can I Keep From Singing?” is an American folk hymn attributed to Robert Lowry. The song was arranged collectively by the a cappella group Dare To Breathe in a style inspired by the “shape note” or “Sacred Harp” tradition. This influence shows itself in several specific ways: the placing of the melody in the tenor voice, the tendency toward open fifth sonorities, and the practice of doubling all parts but the bass at the octave.

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Fresh Ayre Music
Item Voicing Perusal scores/Recordings Price
FAD-1007-01 SATTB a cappella

Dare To Breathe
FAM-1007-02 SSAA a cappella



1. My life flows on in endless song;
above earth’s lamentation,
I hear the real, though far-off hymn
that hails a new creation.

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?

2. When tyrants tremble as they hear
the bells of freedom 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?

3. What though the tempest loudly roars,
I hear the truth, it liveth;
what though the darkness round me close,
songs in the night it giveth.

Through all the tumult and the strife
I hear that music ringing,
it sounds an echo in my soul.
How can I keep from singing?