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Keep Your Face To The Sunshine (Helen Keller)
Song Lyrics and Sound Clip
Jonathan Sprout

This song is available on Jonathan Sprout's

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HELEN KELLER (1880-1968) was left blind and deaf by a severe illness at the age of 19 months. Using her exceptional mind and strong will, she learned to communicate with the help of her teacher, Anne Sullivan. She learned how to read Braille and to “listen” by feeling a speaker’s face. In 1904, Miss Keller graduated with honors from Radcliffe College. She authored a number of books about her experiences while lecturing and fund raising on behalf of handicapped people. She proved to the world that disability does not mean inability.

“Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see the shadows.” - Helen Keller

When there is darkness
And the music’s gone,
It’s hard to know which way to go
And how to carry on.
Try to remember each day is new.
Keep searching for an open door,
And you can make it through.

REFRAIN: Keep your face to the sunshine.
You won’t see the shadows fall.
Trust your spirit when you hear it call.
You can do it all.

The world is not always
As it may appear,
For things we feel are far more real
Than what we see and hear.
Your dreams can shine like the brightest star
As long as you remember to
Believe in who you are.


Great things are possible for everyone.
Don’t let your circumstances
Determine how you live each day,
No matter what the world might say.


See more of our Social Studies, Women's History Month, School Concert, Character Education, Biography and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Song Lyrics

Many thanks to Jonathan Sprout for permission to display these lyric excerpts.
Copyright 2000, Kanukatunes (ASCAP), Song Wizard Music (ASCAP)
Used with permission.


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