Appalachia Music

There Is A Time

There Is A Time

There is a time for love and laughter
The days will pass like summer storms
The winter wind will follow after
But there is love and love is warm

There is a time for us to wander
When time is young and so are we
The woods are greener over yonder
The path is new the world is free

There is a time when leaves are falling
The woods are grey the paths are old
The snow will come when geese are calling
We need a fire against the cold

There is a time for us to wander
When time is young and so are we
The woods are greener over yonder
The path is new the world is free

There is a time for us to wander
When time is young and so are we
The woods are greener over yonder
The path is new the world is free
The path is new the world is free


The words above are to an old Dillard’s song, There Is A Time. I tried to figure out if they wrote it or if it was a traditional song, but I had no luck finding the answer to my question. The song is most often associated with the Andy Griffith Show where the Dillards played the part of the family of Darlings who were known for their music making among other things.

The girls have been doing There Is A Time since they first started singing. Recently they’ve added a slight twist to the song with Chitter chiming in with a mandolin for the breaks.

My ears always pick out a ‘sweet spot’ in songs. In this one its in the line We need a fire against the cold. Every time I hear Chatter’s voice on the word cold I get chills.

I hope you enjoyed the song. The other day when I was eating lunch at work I was listening to it on my phone. A lady at the next table said “Hey they were just singing that song on the Andy Griffith Show yesterday.” I told her I knew it was from the show and that the version she was hearing was my girls. Silly I know, but the whole little back and forth made me feel like I had a secret and a very good secret at that.

Do you remember Charlene from the Darlings singing it on the Andy Griffith Show?



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    April 30, 2022 at 10:06 am

    I really enjoy hearing the girls sing the old time songs. Brings back so many memories.

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    J.Dianne Anderson-Nickel
    April 12, 2022 at 4:59 pm

    Haven’t heard this in years, but recognized the lyrics and tune immediately. Made my heart glad.

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    April 21, 2013 at 9:00 pm

    Awesome job! That’s still one of my favorite shows of all time and that song is unforgettable.

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    April 8, 2013 at 11:26 am

    We have seen that episode of the Andy Griffith show so many times and still enjoy it. The Pressley Girls version has always been a favorite of ours, and we love the new version as well. Chitter’s mandolin playing really adds to the song!

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    April 8, 2013 at 9:23 am

    Just so you know – the crusty old guy and I are huge fans of the blind pig gang —– AND even bigger fans of those Pressley girls.

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    April 8, 2013 at 6:28 am

    You must come near to bursting with pride! The Dillards did a fair job of this song, but I prefer The Blind Pig version. Something about those sweet young voices just adds so much poignancy. I always end up teary-eyed when I listen to your girls sing!

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    Kerry in GA
    April 7, 2013 at 10:19 pm

    Very pretty. I love the episodes with the Darlings.:)

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    Phyllis S
    April 7, 2013 at 9:52 pm

    This was fabulous! Thank you.

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    April 7, 2013 at 3:16 pm

    After watching the video, I clicked on several of the Pressley
    Girls’ videos. Wow! They’re good
    in a lot of ’em! Thanks for all
    of the Blind Pig Gang Music you
    have posted on YouTube.
    Don’t remember Charline singing
    on Andy Griffith Show…Ken

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    April 7, 2013 at 2:29 pm

    Oh, I love this- great job, girls!
    But, “Don’t sang that one, Paw, it makes me cry…”

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    Allison Britt
    April 7, 2013 at 12:11 pm

    Yes, I remember Charlene Darling singing the song!
    Glad you posted the words…and the video is great. Love the mandolin twist.

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    Mrs. K
    April 7, 2013 at 11:48 am


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    April 7, 2013 at 11:06 am

    The first time i heard Charlene sing it on Andy Griffith show it gave me goose bumps. So beautiful.The girls did a good job on it.

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    Jane Bolden
    April 7, 2013 at 10:26 am

    I don’t remember her singing that particular song, but I remember how darling she was. Thanks for sharing the song. It was beautiful! Loved hearing the mandolin. I wonder if the Dillards are kin to the Dillards of Dillard, Ga.

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    Bob in Young Harris
    April 7, 2013 at 10:06 am

    Here is a YouTube link to the Rodney Dillard Band with Maggie Peterson (Charlene). They say the song was written by Mitch Jayne and Rodney Dillard. They include another verse written 45 years late.

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    B. ruth
    April 7, 2013 at 10:03 am

    One of my very favorites. The girls did a good job on the song.
    Hey, when is one of them going to learn the “banjer”…I just love “banjer” in that there tune as well as the mandolin.
    I loved it when the “Darlin’s” made an appearence on the show.
    Thanks Tipper,
    When are you having videos of yesterdays music?
    PS…Paul as aways, played that guitar wonderfully!

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    April 7, 2013 at 9:39 am

    Such a wonderful rendition! I really enjoyed no only the words of the song, but the music performance. Thanks girls!

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    April 7, 2013 at 9:14 am

    Beautiful, as always.

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    Bill Burnett
    April 7, 2013 at 9:03 am

    I love the show, the Darlings(Dillards) and The Pressley Girls done real good, now they need to talk Pap into “Playin the Jug”.

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    Miss Cindy
    April 7, 2013 at 8:23 am

    Very nice! Chitter is getting so she can play anything with strings.
    Your gonna need a wider camera lens, I could only see the tip of Pap’s hat!
    Yes, I remember Charlene, the other Darlings, and Ernest T Bass. It was one of the Deer Hunters favorite shows when he was little….probably still is.
    I went to a yard sale yesterday and bought you a song book, a very old song book. It looks quite interesting.

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    Janice McCall
    April 7, 2013 at 8:21 am

    Love the words and the music. Thanks for sharing.

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    Ron Banks
    April 7, 2013 at 8:21 am

    That was great. The girls did a wonderful job and I love the mandolin. That got my toes a-tapping this morning!

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    Ed Ammons
    April 7, 2013 at 8:20 am

    I’ve listened to Charlene and the Darlins and I’ve listened to you all. I like you better. Maybe you have set a new standard.

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    Kimberly Burnette
    April 7, 2013 at 7:53 am

    I love this song! It is so haunting and every time that I hear it, it stays with me for days. Your girls do a beautiful job! I have a couple of CDs by he Dillards and love them both.

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    April 7, 2013 at 7:44 am

    Like everyone else I love hearing the music. Paul and Pap are fabulous as well as the girls. When I see the girls and their ability to play different instruments. I am reminded of that Robert Frost poem The Road Not Taken in that years ago I was studying music (guitar) but I had to make a decision between music and something else. And like those lines, “Two roads diverged in a yellow wood…..I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.” Can’t help but wonder what it would have been like if I had taken the other. Well, I guess it is academic now but, I sure love seeing those girls perfect their craft!

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    Mary Shipman
    April 7, 2013 at 7:20 am

    The Dillards and Mitch Jayne were ‘neighbors’ and friends.
    I have heard this song many times by them and others.
    It is one of my favorites.

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