“Pulling Hard Against the Stream”


"In the world I've gained my knowledge, And for it have had to pay... Do your best for one another... Help a worn and weary brother Pulling hard against the stream." The singer advises helping those in need


Although the description sounds like a religious song, there are in fact no explicit Christian references in this piece. - RBW

Ives's attribution of authorship to Harry Clifton is supported by the "Song Writers of the Halls" article -- quoting _The Melodies Linger On_ by Walter Macqueen-Pope -- on Harry Clifton at Frederick Denny's _World of the Music Hall_ site. - BS


  • LOCSinging, as110820, "Pulling Hard Against the Stream," unknown, 19C


  1. BrownIII 54, "Pulling Hard against the Stream" (1 text)
  2. Spaeth-WeepMore, pp. 157-158, "Pulling Hard Against the Stream" (1 text, 1 tune)
  3. Ives-NewBrunswick, pp. 133-136, "Pulling Hard Against the Stream" (1 text, 1 tune)
  4. Roud #1958
  5. BI, Br3054


Author: Harry Clifton (per Ives-NewBrunswick)
Earliest date: 1927 (Spaeth); 19C (broadside, LOCSinging as110820)
Keywords: nonballad help
Found in: US(SE) Canada(Mar)