Keep on the Sunny Side of Life was written by Ada Blenkhorn and J Howard Entwisle in the late 1800s. In the 1920s, the Carter Family adopted it as their theme song. I think that it's a great old song that deserves some wider appreciation.

This site contains scans of 1904 and 1913 versions, plus versions for printing, background information, and links to 29 currently available renditions.

Though some might think that the lyrics promote delusion, I think they encourage a positive attitude that can help us to deal with life's problems. -- Rick Ferriss, April 2005.

1904 version

shaped note version

words & chords

about the song


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