REMEMBER WHEN THE MUSIC

Original Harry Chapin version

Remember when the music
Came from wooden boxes strung with silver wire
And as we sang the words, it would set our minds on fire
And we believed in things, and so we'd sing

Remember when the music
Brought us all together to stand inside the rain
And as we joined our hands, we'd meet in the refrain
That we had dreams to live and we had hopes to give

Don't you remember when the music
Was the best of what we dreamed of for our children's time
And as we sang we worked, for we knew time was just a line
A gift we saved, a gift the future gave

Oh, all the times I listened, and all the times I heard
All the melodies I'm missing, and all the magic words
And all those potent voices, and the choices we had then
How I'd love to find we had that kind of choice again

Remember when the music
Was a glow on the horizon of every newborn day
And as we sang, the sun came up to chase the dark away
And life was good, for we knew we could

Remember when the music
Brought the night across the valley as the day went down
And as we'd hum the melody, we'd be safe inside the sound
And so we'd sleep, for we had dreams to keep

And I dream that something's coming, and it's not just in the wind
It's more than just tomorrow, it's more than where we've been
It offers me a promise, it's telling me, "Begin"
I know we're needing something worth believing in

Remember when the music
Came from wooden boxes strung with silver wire
And as we sang the words, it would set our minds on fire
For we believed in things, and so we'd sing
And so we'd sing

(Singing through the night, ah, oh, I wanna hear their voices ringing, hear the people singing, oh singing through the night, feel the music in your heart, whoa)


Page last updated: 28 Aug 2011

Info

REMEMBER WHEN THE MUSIC is a song written by Harry Chapin who released it on his 1981 album Sequel. That was the last complete album released during Harry's lifetime. The album was later re-released under the title Remember When the Music with the addition of two previously unreleased tracks. It was also remastered in 2001 with four additional tracks, including an extended version of REMEMBER WHEN THE MUSIC.

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The above lyrics are transcribed from Harry Chapin's studio version of REMEMBER WHEN THE MUSIC, as released on Sequel.

Springsteen's Version

Bruce Springsteen performed REMEMBER WHEN THE MUSIC live once, in December 1981 during Harry Chapin's 45th birthday gala concert. See Bruce Springsteen's live 07 Dec 1987 version for more details.

Credits

Thanks Jake (ol'catfishinthelake at BTX and Greasy Lake) for the lyrics.

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