Friday, April 2, 2010


A real golden oldie written by Stephen C. Foster in 1854.

Wow, this is a good old song but also so contemporary. I was led to a YT video the other day that was about the history of philosphy in 3 minutes. It has comic characters and a ukulele soundtrack. From there I noticed other videos on the PhilosophicalMedia Channel and listened to stories on Socrates, Seneca, and Proust. In the Socrates and Seneca multi-video stories you hear about the challenges of humanity from centuries ago. Seneca had a particular interest in the Philosophy of Anger and his results are quite surprising and viable for today.

SENECA Part 1 of 3!v=hJ0g7IKWG7E

I'll have to hunt down the chords because this would be fun for many ukers.
Let us pause in life's pleasures and count its many tears,
While we all sup sorrow with the poor;
There's a song that will linger forever in our ears;
Oh Hard times come again no more.
It's a song, a sigh of the weary,
Hard Times, hard times, come again no more
Many days you have lingered around my cabin door;
Oh hard times come again no more.
While we seek mirth and beauty and music light and gay,
There are frail forms fainting at the door;
Though their voices are silent, their pleading looks will say
Oh hard times come again no more.
It's a sigh that is wafted across the troubled wave,
It's a wail that is heard upon the shore
It's a dirge that is murmured around the lowly grave
Oh hard times come again no more.

Here's the chord's thanks to Rinchen! That was much easier that I thought!


  1. Very interesting post, Jeff! Both for the PhilosophicalMedia videos on Seneca and anger and for the lovely song by Brad and Tony.
    Let us know if you find the chords !

  2. Here's a version on Ukulele Boogaloo

  3. @Armelle -- I have found YT and WIKI to be such great sources in so many diverse areas. I work from home on my computer to I can easily listen to music OR the great philosophers. What a treat.

    @Rinchen -- thanks for the assist!

  4. This tune brings to mind the great Depression
    Era song, Brother Can You Spare A Dime. A favorite video of that -

    Brother Can You Spare A Dime - Jim Cullum
    from: erwigfilms