Without A Song by Noah Stewart

I’m sharing this song because keeping my hand on the plow, while necessary, doesn’t seem to be sufficient to get me where I’m going.

This song was written in 1929, with music by Vincent Youmans, and lyrics by Billy Rose and Edward Eliscu.  The Broadway musical it was in, Great Day, had the misfortune of opening about two weeks before the catastrophic stock market crash, and closed after 36 performances.  But the song has done much better, recorded in the 20’s (Bing Crosby), the 30’s (Lawrence Tibbett), the 40’s (Frank Sinatra), the 50’s (Perry Como), the 60’s (The Supremes), the 70’s (The Carpenters), the 80’s (Willie Nelson), the 00’s (Jimmy Scott) and the Teens (Noah Stewart).

Without a song the day would never end
Without a song the road would never bend
When things go wrong a man ain’t got a friend
Without a song

That field of corn would never see a plow
That field of corn would be deserted now
A man is born but he’s no good no how
Without a song

I got my trouble and woe but, sure as I know, the Jordan will roll
And I’ll get along as long as a song, stays deep in my soul

I’ll never know what makes the rain to fall
I’ll never know what makes that grass so tall
I only know there ain’t no love at all
Without a song

I’m sharing this song because if I wish to attain to what Steps to Knowledge is promising, an effective preparation for engaging with my mission in life, I not only need my hand on the plow, but I need to keep my eyes on the prize.  I need a song on my lips and deep in my soul, and the song on my lips and the song deep in my soul have to be the same song.

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2 thoughts on “Without A Song by Noah Stewart

  1. GOD BLESS YOU I KNOW THAT YOU ARE MAN OF GOD RELL I HAVE READ AND IAM BLEST GOD BLESS YOU MAN OF GOD, DO YOU KNOW THAT IHAVE REAT THE BOOK OF STEPS TO KNOWLEDGE AND I KNOW THAT I GAIN STRENGTH FROM ALL WHO PRACTICE WITH ME.

  2. This is superb! I know precisely what you mean about needing a song, the same song, on your lips and deep in your soul. Songs play on the heart strings, but not all songs, and not all versions of the same song. I listened to the other renditions of this song, but Noah Stewart’s rendition is the most soul-moving for me.

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