Hard Times (Come Again No More)

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Stephen Foster's call to put yourself into someone else's shoes.

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Let us pause in life's pleasures and count its many tears,
while we all sup sorrow with the poor.
There's a song that will linger forever in our ears;
Oh, hard times come again no more.

Tis the song, the sigh of the weary,
hard times, hard times, come again no more.
Many days you have lingered around my cabin door;
Oh, hard times come again no more.


There's a pale sorrow maiden who toils her life away,
with a worn heart whose better days are o'er:
Though her voice would be merry, 'tis sighing all the day,
Oh, hard times come again no more.


Tis a sigh that is wafted across the troubled wave,
tis a wail that is heard upon the shore.
Tis a dirge that is murmured around the lowly grave;
Oh, hard times come again no more.

Tis the song, the sigh of the weary,
hard times, hard times, come again no more.
Many days you have lingered around my cabin door;
Oh, hard times come again no more.

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from Biggest Sky, released December 5, 2019
Gary Ruschman (voice, guitars, bass, banjo)
Cara Wilson (fiddle)

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Gary Ruschman Minneapolis, Minnesota

Hailed by the San Francisco Chronicle as "funny and fresh-voiced", Gary Ruschman has appeared with orchestras, opera companies, and festivals around the world, including NPR's Tiny Desk Concerts, the Boston Pops, Kennedy Center, Minnesota Orchestra, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Prague Choral Festival, Birdland, Portland Opera, and spent a decade touring and recording with Cantus. ... more

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