Will the Circle Be Unbroken?

Christian hymn
First published in 1907
Words by the English hymnwriter Ada R. Habershon

First verse:
There are loved ones in the glory / Whose dear forms you often miss. / When you close your earthly story, / Will you join them in their bliss?

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Will the Circle Be Unbroken? - guitar tab, notes, chords and lyrics

"Will the Circle Be Unbroken?" is a hymn with text by Ada R. Habershon and music by Charles H. Gabriel. It is a well-known traditional gospel song and both the melody and chords are easy to learn. The song has been performed by modern bands and artist, one of the most popular is Nitty Gritty Dirt Band's bluegrass version.

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Tips on how to learn this song

The melody of the song involves mainly the two middle strings and only five notes: G, A, B, D and E (which coincide with the G Pentatonic Major scale). Keep that in mind and it will help play the song from memory. Notice also the 16-bar structure with an additional pick-up bar in the beginning.

Lyrics and chords

Will the Circle Be Unbroken? chords in the key of GWill the (G)circle be unbroken
By and (C)by, Lord, by and (G)by?
Is a better home awaiting,
In the sky, Lord, (D7)in the (G)sky?

Will the Circle Be Unbroken? chords in the key of CWill the (C)circle be unbroken
By and (F)by, Lord, by and (C)by?
Is a better home awaiting,
In the sky, Lord, (G7)in the (C)sky?

Will the Circle Be Unbroken? chords in the key of DWill the (D)circle be unbroken
By and (G)by, Lord, by and (D)by?
Is a better home awaiting,
In the sky, Lord, (A7)in the (D)sky?

There are variations concerning the lyrics. For example, in some modern versions the line "Is a better home awaiting" is not a question but an assurance: "There's a better home a-waiting". (The lyrics presented here don't include all verses and choruses in the song.)

There are possibilities to change to key further by using a capo. These are the keys that the song would transpose in depending on which fret the capo is put (based on the chords in the G major version):

Key, time, tuning and tempo

Information about "Will the Circle Be Unbroken?" considering musical key, time signature, tuning and bpm.

Key signature music symbol

KEY

The presented version of Will the Circle Be Unbroken? is played in the key of G.

Time signature music symbol

Time signature

The song is played in 4/4 tempo (counted one, two, three, four for each measure).

Tuning overview

Tuning

The song is normally played in standard tuning (EADGBE).

BPM symbol and numbers

Tempo (BPM)

The tempo in beats per minute is 180 for the presented version.

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