You've Been a Friend to Me

DESCRIPTION: "My bark of life was tossing down The troubled stream of time When first I saw your smiling face And youth was in its prime... If ever I have had a friend, you've been a friend to me." The singer complains about hard time but is grateful for friendship
AUTHOR: Original by Will S. Hays, adapted by A. P. Carter (source: Mark Zwonitzer with Charles Hirschberg, _Will You Miss Me When I'm Gone: The Carter Family & Their Legacy in American Music_, p. 131)
EARLIEST DATE: 1936 (recording, The Carter Family)
KEYWORDS: hardtimes separation travel
REFERENCES (1 citation):
Brown/Schinhan-FrankCBrownCollectionNCFolklore5 687, "Faithful Friend" (1 fragment, 1 tune)
Roud #17260
The Carter Familly, "You've Been a Friend To Me" (Decca 5283, 1936; Montgomery Ward 8009, 1939 )
File: BrS5687

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