Barry and I love 60’s sitcom television.  One of our favorites is The Dick Van Dyke Show.  We watch at least one episode almost every evening before bed.  Last night we saw Henry Gibson recite part of the poem “Keep A-Goin’ ” in the episode ‘Talk to the Snail’ [Season Five].  I remember Gibson reciting this piece other places, including Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In.

I wanted to share the poem, so I hit the trusty Internet to find it in its entirety.  Amazing what the Internet holds.  This cute little poem, later turned into a country song for the movie “Nashville”, has been the subject of litigation and has had more than one claim of authorship! 

In a case like that, I guess one must just…..


If you strike a thorn or rose,

Keep a-goin’!

If it hails, or if it snows,

Keep a-goin’!

Taint no use to sit and whine

When the fish ain’t on your line;

Bait your hook an’ keep a-tryin’ —

Keep a-goin’!

When the weather kills your crop,

Keep a-goin’!

Though ’tis work to reach the top,

Keep a-goin’!

S’pose you’re out o’ ev’ry dime,

Gettin’ broke ain’t any crime;

Tell the world you’re feelin’ fine —

Keep a-goin’!

When it looks like all is up,

Keep a-goin’!

Drain the sweetness from the cup,

Keep a-goin’!

See the wild birds on the wing,

Hear the bells that sweetly ring,

When you feel like singin’ – Sing —

Keep a-goin’!


I keep pursuing the goal in order to win the prize offered by God’s upward calling in the Messiah Yeshua.Phil.3:14 (CJB)