Sheet Music: Hard Times Come Again No More

TitleHard Times Come Again No More
ComposerStephen Foster (1826–1864)
InstrumentationFlute and Piano
KeyE-flat major
Time signature4/4
Tempo80 BPM
Performance time2:15
Difficulty leveleasy
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Date added2011-07-13
Last updated2011-07-13
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American Civil War, Traditional/Folk


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Wednesday 13 July 2011

Tune of the Day: Hard Times Come Again No More

by Stephen Foster, for flute and piano

Often simply called “Hard Times”, this American folk song was written by Stephen C. Foster in 1854. It was well-known and popular in its day, both in America and Europe, and was a favorite of both sides during the American Civil War. The lyrics portray sympathy for those who are impoverished:

'Tis the song, the 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.