Debbie Nargi-Brown writes great songs!  This song features a portion of Emily Dickinson’s famous poem.

Composer & Copyright

Original song copyright Debbie Nargi-Brown, some lyrics by Emily Dickinson. Please ask the composer for permission before recording or performing for profit.


Recorded by Debbie Nargi-Brown.

Purchase the studio version of Debbie’s recording on her album Grief & Joy, here.


Part 1:
Oh ya ya – 3 voice parts

Part 2:
Hope is the thing with feathers
that perches in the soul
It sings the tune without the words
and never stops at all

Part 3:
Never, never, never
Never, never, never
Never, never, never
Never give up on hope

Part 4:
Hope is living in my soul


Teaching Notes

Each of the parts of this song are pretty straightforward, quick teaches. And there are a lot of them!  Part 1 contains 3-part harmony and each of the other parts have two-part harmonies. Mix and match away!  This song works great sung acapella, with drums, or with guitar.


Level of teaching speed/ difficulty (1 = very easy, 10 = very challenging)

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