The ToneWay® Project: helping people play music

Hold Fast to the Right [core]

Kneel down by the 4 side of your 1 mother, my boy
You have 5 only a moment I 1 know
But stay till I 4 give you this 1 parting advice
It is 5 all that I have to be- 1 stow

Hold 4 fast to the right, hold 1 fast to the right
Wher- 5 ever your footsteps may 1 roam
For- 4 sake not the way of a sal- 1 vation, my boy
That you 5 learned from your mother at 1 home

You will leave here to seek your employment, my boy
By the world you have yet to be tried
But in the temptations and trials you will meet
May your heart to the Savior confide

I gave you to God in your cradle, my boy
And taught you the best that I knew
And as long as His mercies permit me to live
I shall never stop praying for you

You will find in your satchel a Bible, my boy
It's the book of all others, the best
It will help you to live and prepare you to die
And lead to the gates of the blessed

Available in these books:

Get Started Plus: Core Songs Edition
100 songs and our acclaimed play-by-ear learning method.
Big Print Songs
Over 200 songs.
Family Tradition
The reference manual, with lyrics to 330 songs.
The first two books feature large-print lyrics (20-point type) and include chords, historical info, jamming hints, and more.

...and on these CDs:

Five CDs, 100 songs. Recordings from the Abbott family and their friends.
Listen to sample tracks.

The MP3 collection has all 100 songs on one CD for a discount. See details.

A song from the The ToneWay Mountain Music Collection, which offers lyrics and free Song Clips (recordings for learning the song by ear) for nearly 400 traditional songs, many of which are often heard in bluegrass and old-time jam circles. The ToneWay Project also offers songbooks, CDs, and a free online video series for learning to play music by ear.