The name of the song is "Will the Circle Be Unbroken" and in its original form it was a hymn apparently composed in 1907:
Will The Circle Be Unbroken?
There are loved ones in the glory, Whose dear forms you often miss; When you close your earthly story, Will you join them in their bliss?
Will the circle be unbroken By and by, by and by? In a better home awaiting In the sky, in the sky?
In the joyous days of childhood, Oft they told of wondrous love, Pointed to the dying Savior Now they dwell with Him above.
You remember songs of heaven Which you sang with childish voice, Do you love the hymns they taught you, Or are songs of earth your choice?
You can picture happy gatherings Round the fireside long ago, And you think of tearful partings, When they left you here below:
One by one their seats were emptied, One by one they went away; Here the circle has been broken Will it be complete one day?
The version in "The Feeding" seems to take after the re-write from A.P. Carter done in 1935 which retained the refrains but changed the other lyrics. It has been recored by many, many people including Joan Baez, George Jones, Johnny Cash, and many others. Apparently Mick Jagger sang it as his own mother's funeral in 2000. The alternative lyrics with a sister instead of a mother has been sung by many as well, such as June Carter Cash, The Neville Brothers and Eddy Arnold.
I was standing by the window On one cold and cloudy day And I saw the hearse come rolling For to carry my mother away
Chorus: Can the circle be unbroken Bye and bye, Lord, bye and bye There's a better home a-waiting In the sky, Lord, in the sky
Lord, I told the undertaker Undertaker, please drive slow For this body you are hauling How I hate to see her go
I followed close beside her Tried to hold up and be brave But I could not hide my sorrow When they laid her in the grave
Went back home Lord my home was lonesome Missed my mother she was gone All my brothers sisters crying What a home so sad and lone
I do not know the singer that gave the rendition in "The Feeding"...
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