A Motto For Every Man

Music By: Arranged by Alfred M. Durham
Voices: Unison
Additional Information: This setting by Michael Smurthwaite
Description: Utah Pioneer song — advice and quaint sayings for positive living.

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1.Some people you’ve met in your time no doubt, Who never look happy or gay;

I’ll tell you the way to get jolly and stout, If you’ll listen awhile to my lay.

I’ve come her to tell you a bit of my mind, And please with the same if I can.

Advice in my song you will certainly find, And a motto for every man.


CHORUS:  So we will sing, and banish melancholy, Trouble may come, we’ll do the best we can

To drive care away, for grieving is a folly, Put your shoulder to the wheel is a motto for every man.


2. A coward gives in at the first repulse. A brave man struggles again.

With a resolute eye and a bounding pulse, To battle his way among men.

For he knows that he has but one chance in his time To better himself, if he can.

So make your hay while the sun doth shine, Is a motto for every man.


3.We cannot all fight the battle of life. The weak must go to the wall.

So do to each other the thing that is right, There’s room in this world for us all.

So credit refuse if you’ve money to pay. You’ll find it an easier plan:

A penny laid by for a rainy day, Is a motto for every man.