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QRS 19 Jul 00 - 07:49 PM
Allan C. 19 Jul 00 - 07:53 PM
Morticia 19 Jul 00 - 07:55 PM
T in Oklahoma (Okiemockbird) 19 Jul 00 - 08:13 PM
QRS 19 Jul 00 - 09:16 PM
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Allan C. 20 Jul 00 - 08:38 AM
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Subject: Wayfaring Stranger
From: QRS
Date: 19 Jul 00 - 07:49 PM

Anyone who knows the lyrics to the Song "Wayfaring Stranger"? I heard a nice version of it with the band "16 horsepower" some days ago.. I have heard it before.. Is it a trad. song?

Regards

QRS


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Wayfaring Stranger
From: Allan C.
Date: 19 Jul 00 - 07:53 PM

If you go to the main forum page you will see a marvelous blue box into which you should type the word, WAYFARING. Then start the search. You'll find that song and about 8,000 others that way.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Wayfaring Stranger
From: Morticia
Date: 19 Jul 00 - 07:55 PM

have you tried the digitrad lyric database, yet? If you have and can't find them, I have them, although I suspect there are a number of versions.......anyway let me know, if you can't find them there, I'll post them in a PM. As far as I'm aware it's a trad.spiritual.......but there is almost always someone here who knows more than I do :)


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Subject: Lyr Add: WAYFARING STRANGER^^
From: T in Oklahoma (Okiemockbird)
Date: 19 Jul 00 - 08:13 PM

Here are the words as they appear in C. H. Cayce, The Good Old Songs, Thornton, Arkansas, 1914, which differs in some details from the DT version:

WAYFARING STRANGER

I am a poor, wayfaring stranger,
while trav'ling through this world of woe,
yet there's no sickness, toil or danger,
in that bright world to which I go,
I'm going there to see my Father,
I'm going there no more to roam;
I'm only going over Jordan,
I'm only going over home.

I know dark clouds will gather round me,
I know my way is rough and steep;
Yet beauteous fields lie just before me,
Where God's redeemed their vigils keep,
I'm going there to see my mother,
she said she'd meet me when I come,
I'm only going over Jordan,
I'm only going over home.

I'll soon be freed from every trial,
My body sleep in the church-yard,
I'll drop the cross of self-denial,
and enter on my great reward,
I'm going there to see my class mates,
Who've gone before me one by one,
I'm only going over Jordan,
I'm only going over home.

I want to wear a crown of glory,
when I get home to that good land,
I want to shout salvation's story,
in concert with the blood-washed band,
I'm going there to see my Savior,
To sing his praise forever more,
I'm only going over Jordan,
I'm only going over home.

T. ^^


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Wayfaring Stranger
From: QRS
Date: 19 Jul 00 - 09:16 PM

Thanks for the lyrics "Okiemockbird"!!

Allan C: Sorry, but I did a search before but i could not find it.. maybe I was spelling wrong or something..(Did find it in the database now :) And just to make one thing clear: I Always look in that Database before i post a mes here.. We always do.. I have been here for almost two years now (not posting for a year now) so I know very well about all songs in the database..

Regards

QRS


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Wayfaring Stranger
From: Joe Offer
Date: 19 Jul 00 - 09:34 PM

...and, as a result of the failure of QRS's search, we ended up with an extra verse, which will be added to the database. Good thing you asked, QRS.
-Joe Offer-


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Wayfaring Stranger
From: Allan C.
Date: 20 Jul 00 - 08:38 AM

Sorry, QRS, I knew you had been around awhile but there are some who have been here a long time and still haven't discovered all the wonders contained herein. For the record, it took me a bit to find the song as well. I first searched the alpha listing under W and came up with nothing. Then I figured out that it must be called something else and so did the other kind of search.

Glad to see these other lyrics, OKm. This has always been one of my favorite songs. I grew up listening to a recording of Gogi Grant singing it. (Anyone remember her? - her big hit was "The Wayward Wind").


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Wayfaring Stranger
From: Willie-O
Date: 20 Jul 00 - 09:04 AM

Gogi Grant--The Wayward Wind--great stuff, especially for the fifties. (Weird name though) Think I'll sing it tomorrow! AND Wayfaring Stranger. It's hard for me to understand my attachment to this song--I guess I like the dark juicy melody/chords and the stuff about the bloodwashed band--gospel with guts. Also the way the words fit rhythmically into the melody makes it easy to sing with passion. Even for an atheist. I guess it's kind of like not having to be a fisherman or a Newfoundlander to sing "We'll Rant and We'll Roar"....

Willie-O


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Wayfaring Stranger
From: QRS
Date: 26 Jul 00 - 10:48 AM

Thanks Catters for your help with this song!

And I agree.. It is a great song" One of the best and most "magical" songs I have ever heard..

Nice to have ya all here to help me when I´m stuck in music world Catters!

Regards

QRS


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Wayfaring Stranger
From: GUEST,Roger the skiffler
Date: 26 Jul 00 - 11:20 AM

One of the great things about this forum is that it reminds me of songs I knew years ago and have forgotten. Didn't Burl Ives do this in that decade I tend to regress to ? Over the couple of years I've been 'catting I've built up quite a folder of songs I had forgotten or only half-remembered. (Not that I ever get a chance to sing them of course!).
RtS


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Wayfaring Stranger
From: Kim C
Date: 26 Jul 00 - 11:45 AM

According to some sources, Wayfaring Stranger goes back to at least the mid-18th century. There are several different versions.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Wayfaring Stranger
From: GUEST,Burke
Date: 26 Jul 00 - 08:12 PM

There's a relativly late (1935) arrangement in the Sacred Harp.

But from the citation one source of the text is: The Christian songster : a collectin of hymns and spiritual songs, usually sung at camp, prayer, and social meetings, and revivals of religion. Designed for all denominations / compiled by Joseph Bever. Dayton, Ohio : Printed at the printing establishment of the United Brethren in Christ, 1858.


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Subject: Tune Add: A POOR WAYFARING STRANGER
From: T in Oklahoma (Okiemockbird)
Date: 04 Nov 00 - 09:57 AM

X: 1
T: A Poor Wayfaring Stranger
C: C. H. Cayce, The Good Old Songs, Thornton, AR, 1914. Hymn # 714 (accidentals omitted)
M: 6/4
K: G
L: 1/4
E E B | B3 A B B | A/ G/ E2 G A B | A3 G E D | E3 :|
B B d | e3 d e B | B A2 B B d | e3 d e B | A3
B e d | B3 A B B | A/ G/ E2 G A B | A3 G E D | E3||

Cayce has D# in measure 4 and in next-to-last measure
Cayce has d-flat in 5th-to-last measure: "A3 B e d-flat"

T.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Wayfaring Stranger
From: richlmo
Date: 04 Nov 00 - 08:50 PM

What a great song. When I hear it I think Bill Monroe's version. There was a thread a few weeks back about , " What is The High Lonsome Sound? " listen to Monroe sing Wayfaring Stranger, that pretty much defines the term.

Emmylou Harris' " Roses In The Snow " has a real good version only 2 verses.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Wayfaring Stranger
From: GUEST
Date: 05 Nov 00 - 12:45 AM

I agree 100% Richlmo, Monroe's version is downright ethereal...I first heard him perform it live one night at his Beanblossom Bluegrass festival when I was still a teenager. It's been more than twenty years now, but I can still remember the hush that came over the rowdy Saturday night crowds, the intense look on his face as he played the incredible mandolin break, and the goosebumps on my arms that I still get when I hear the recording of it. I miss 'The Mon'..:-(


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Wayfaring Stranger
From: Thyme2dream
Date: 05 Nov 00 - 12:49 AM

eeek! That was me the anon guest last post... guess I lost my cookie...glad its found again:-)


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Wayfaring Stranger
From: paddymac
Date: 04 Jan 02 - 08:14 AM

Willie-O: I whole-heartedly agree that "Wayward Wind" by Cogi Grant is also a great song.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Wayfaring Stranger
From: Dicho (Frank Staplin)
Date: 09 Jan 02 - 08:12 PM

Cross-reference to Hymn stories thread, with related Pilgrim Song: Here


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Wayfaring Stranger
From: wysiwyg
Date: 14 Feb 02 - 11:40 AM

indexed


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Wayfaring Stranger
From: Steve in Idaho
Date: 14 Feb 02 - 12:26 PM

Doc Watson did this song also. Just as good as Bill Monroes I think. I had no idea the origins so am grateful as always for the music archeologists work.

Steve


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: wayfaring stranger
From: GUEST,emr
Date: 23 Jan 03 - 04:12 PM

These are the lyrics I remember:

I am a poor wayfaring stranger,
A-wandering through this world of woe.
There is no sickness, no toil or danger,
In that bright world to which I go.
I'm going there to meet my Savior,
I'm going there to see my Lord.
I'm only going over Jordan,
I'm only going over home.

I know my sins are all forgiven,
My hopes are stayed on things above.
I'm going home to you, bright heaven,
Where all is joy and peace and love.
I'm going there to meet my Savior,
I'm going there to see my Lord.
I'm only going over Jordan,
I'm only going over home.


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Subject: origin of Wayfaring Stranger
From: GUEST
Date: 10 Apr 05 - 08:28 PM

Does anyone know anything about the origins of the song "Wayfaring Stranger"? My band will be performing it at an upcoming public school function, and figure if we couch it in a little history we can safely get around potential church/state complaints. (It is our best song and we don't want to cut it!)

Thanks!
HJK


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Subject: RE: origin of Wayfaring Stranger
From: Peace
Date: 10 Apr 05 - 08:31 PM

Bit here.


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Subject: RE: origin of Wayfaring Stranger
From: Peace
Date: 10 Apr 05 - 08:35 PM

It's in order alphabetically.


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Subject: RE: origin of Wayfaring Stranger
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 10 Apr 05 - 10:15 PM

Pretty complete data right here at Mudcat (of course!). Put wayfaring stranger in the Lyrics and Knowledge Search and read the threads that are brought up.
No need to google for most of these well-known songs.


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Subject: RE: origin of Wayfaring Stranger
From: Peace
Date: 10 Apr 05 - 10:59 PM

Thanks, Q. Keep remindin' me. I am getting trained; I just ain't housebroke yet.

Bruce


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Wayfaring Stranger
From: rangeroger
Date: 06 Aug 05 - 02:29 AM

So there I was,listening to Bluegrass Junction on XM radio, and I hear Bill Monroe's version of "Wayfaring Stranger" with a verse I had not heard before.
Next step is go on-line to the Mudcat to find the third verse.

Didn't show up in the Digitrad, but after perusing the related Forum threads I now have 6 (six)!!!! additional verses. Which of course means I have to sing the song a lot to memorize the new ones.

Lord, save me.
rr


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Wayfaring Stranger
From: masato sakurai
Date: 06 Aug 05 - 04:57 AM

Bill Monroe's "Wayfaring Stranger" is on Bluegrass 1950-1958 by Bill Monroe (Bear Family). To listen to sound clip, scroll down to "101."


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Wayfaring Stranger
From: Dave Hanson
Date: 06 Aug 05 - 10:11 AM

Didn't Peter Rowan sing it with Bill Monroe and the Blurgrass Boys ?

eric


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Wayfaring Stranger
From: GUEST,Cluin
Date: 06 Aug 05 - 12:46 PM

Yep. When he was a Blurgrass Boy.

He still performs it regularly.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Wayfaring Stranger
From: GUEST,leeneia
Date: 07 Aug 05 - 09:45 AM

This is a great tune for DAG tuning on the mountain dulcimer.
    Threads combined. Messages below are from a new thread.
    -Joe Offer-


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: I am a Poor Wayfaring Stranger
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 01 Oct 07 - 10:07 PM

Other versions in thread 23495: Wayfaring Stranger
Also see thread 879: Wayfaring Stranger
The latter has words from a songster of 1858; it seems to be an old Sacred Harp shape note song.
First known appearance in print 1816, "Kentucky Harmony," as "Judgement." See Traditional Ballads Index.


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Subject: RE: Req/ADD: I Am a Poor Wayfaring Stranger
From: T in Oklahoma (Okiemockbird)
Date: 02 Jun 08 - 08:16 PM

Found it. It's on page 32 just before Funeral Thought. The meter is given as long meter. The words are "My God, what inward grief I feel." The melody has similarities to PWS, but it isn't the same:

X: 1
T: Judgement
C: Ananias Davission, Kentucky Harmony 2nd Edition, Knoxville, Nashville, and Lexington, 1817, p. 32
M: 4/4
K: G
L: 1/4
B2 | E E B2 |G E B G | E3 A | B B A2| G2 D E| E4:|
G2 | E E A2 | B d e e | e2 B2 | d e/ d/ B2| G2 B. /A | A2 G2 |
E E A2 | B d e e | e2 B2 | d e/ d/ B2| A. /B G F | E2 ||

Sorry, I forgot how to do dotted notes in ABC.


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Subject: Tune Add: JUDGEMENT
From: T in Oklahoma (Okiemockbird)
Date: 03 Jun 08 - 08:23 AM

There are a couple of transcription errors in my last post. Here is the air again:

X: 1
T: Judgement
C: Ananias Davission, Kentucky Harmony 2nd Edition, Knoxville, Nashville, and Lexington, 1817, p. 32
M: 4/4
K: G
L: 1/4
B2 | B E B2 |G E B G | E3 A | B B A2| G2 D E| E4:|
G2 | E E G2 | B d e e | e2 B2 | d e/ d/ B2| G2 B>A | A2 G2 |
E E G2 | B d e e | e2 B2 | d e/ d/ B2| A>B G F | E2 ||

The original I'm working from is a digital facsimile of a copy that was damaged and smudged in spots, unfortunately making a couple of notes hard to make out.


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Subject: RE: Req/ADD: I Am a Poor Wayfaring Stranger
From: T in Oklahoma (Okiemockbird)
Date: 05 Jun 08 - 12:04 AM

Yet another correction: the second note in Judgement should be c, not B.

George Pullen Jackson, in Another Sheaf of White Spirituals, page 147, seems to be the one who first identified the melody Judgement (transcribed above) as being related to "Poor Wayfaring Stranger."   But after listening to Judgement several times, I have concluded that this was mere wishful thinking on Jackson's part.    The resemblance is remote at best.

Another melody in ASoWS, #300, Fulfillment, from the 1844 edition of the Sacred Harp, is also identified by Jackson as being related to "Poor Wayfaring Stranger." In this case the resemblance is much stronger. This conclusion is complicated, however, by the way Jackson has manipulated the rhythm of his transcription of Fulfillment precisely in order to bring out its resemblance to PWS.


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Subject: RE: Req/ADD: I Am a Poor Wayfaring Stranger
From: T in Oklahoma (Okiemockbird)
Date: 07 Jun 08 - 11:20 PM

Fulfillment, from the 1860 Sacred Harp, can be found here.

F.Mud.I the song I'm going home is here.


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Subject: RE: Req/ADD: I Am a Poor Wayfaring Stranger
From: GUEST,Gerry
Date: 08 Jun 08 - 07:07 AM

I'm sorry, there is no "T" in "Oklahoma."


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Subject: RE: Origins: Wayfaring Stranger
From: Lonesome EJ
Date: 18 Dec 08 - 02:25 PM

Checked McGuinn's Folk Den for info on this beautiful old song. While the info is scanty, my heart was warmed to see the photo Roger used with the song, a tribute to his old friend Gene Clark.


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Subject: RE: Origins: Wayfaring Stranger
From: Jack Campin
Date: 18 Dec 08 - 09:11 PM

There is a startlingly similar tune from Sephardic tradition - on the Voice of the Turtle recording "Balkan Voices, Spanish Dreams", it's "Ken es akeyo de la meniana", whose source is given as Avraam Altarats of Sarajevo. Judith Wachs' note says it's of Yugoslav origin, which in this context presumably means Bosniak. It ends a tone higher than Wayfaring Stranger, though it doesn't really sound Phrygian.


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Subject: RE: Req/ADD: I Am a Poor Wayfaring Stranger
From: Genie
Date: 09 Apr 10 - 03:55 PM

Maybe not, Gerry, but there's "Texas tea" there (oil, that is).   ; D


I'm looking for the lyrics and authorship of different (newer) song titled "Wafaring Stranger," which Mo Mack (Morris McClellan) has recorded. The chorus starts, "Don't mind me - I'm a poor wayfaring stranger ... "

If it's not here in the forum somewhere and someone finds the info on it, maybe we should put it in a separate thread? Not sure, since the two songs have the same title.


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Subject: RE: Req/ADD: I Am a Poor Wayfaring Stranger
From: GUEST,DWR
Date: 19 Oct 10 - 03:26 PM

Do notice that this is one of the books available for download. Just click on the pdf link up on the right, and it's all yours, free and clear.


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Subject: RE: Origins: Wayfaring Stranger
From: GUEST,Derek Hatley
Date: 06 Feb 13 - 04:31 PM

Here's a web reference that seems pretty legit:

http://www.manhattanbeachmusic.com/html/wayfaring_stranger.html


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Subject: RE: Origins: Wayfaring Stranger
From: GUEST
Date: 07 Feb 13 - 04:10 AM

Being about a journey of a poor soul through
Iife can be seen as a spiritual journey through life. See wiiki page http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Wayfaring_Stranger_(song)

A sort of pilgrims progress through a vale of tears!


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Subject: RE: Origins: Wayfaring Stranger
From: Jack Campin
Date: 07 Feb 13 - 08:06 AM

Derek's link is interesting. It traces it back to the Melungeons in the 1780s. Since the Melungeons trace their ancestry in part back to Ottoman Empire, that gives a link with the place that Sephardic song came from.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req/Add: I Am a Poor Wayfaring Stranger
From: GUEST,Guest Meister
Date: 08 Apr 16 - 09:43 AM

Can any of you explain what the meaning of "that blood-washed band" is


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req/Add: I Am a Poor Wayfaring Stranger
From: GUEST,leeneia
Date: 08 Apr 16 - 11:43 AM

Guten Tag, Meister. The blood-washed band is a group of souls who have gone to Heaven because they have been by the suffering (blood) of Jesus Christ on the cross.

"Band" has a lot of meanings, but here it simply means "group."


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req/Add: I Am a Poor Wayfaring Stranger
From: GUEST,leeneia
Date: 09 Apr 16 - 08:57 PM

As the result of the above post, Big Data has now decided I'm a German. So far I have been:

an American
a Canadian
a German
a Kansas Citian
a Chicagoan
a St Louisan
and a resident of three local counties.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req/Add: I Am a Poor Wayfaring Stranger
From: Jeri
Date: 09 Apr 16 - 09:58 PM

Based, I believe, on the phrase "washed in the blood of the lamb". There's a whole sermon on it at princeton.edu


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Subject: RE: Origins: I Am a Poor Wayfaring Stranger
From: GUEST,Phil d'Conch
Date: 08 Feb 17 - 03:05 AM

It's closer to the one posted above than the other 'Pilgrim' thread that just got bumped:

The Wayfaring Pilgrim
Rev. Ivy Ernest Rippetoe; Rev. Robert Henry Cunningham
(As performed by the Stamps Co. Music Quartet c.1940)


I am a poor wayfaring pilgrim,
While trav'ling thru this world below;
There is no sickness, toil nor danger
In that bright world to which I go, to which I go.
I'm going there to meet my father,
I'm going there no more to roam;
I am going over Jordan,
I'm just going over home.

I know dark clouds will gather o'er me,
I know my pathway's rough and steep;
But golden fields lie out before me,
What weary eyes no more shall weep, no more shall weep.
I'm going there to see my mother,
She said she'd meet me when I come;
I am going over Jordan,
I'm just going over home.

I'll soon be free from ev'ry trial,
This form will rest beneath the sod;
I'll drop the cross of self denial,
And enter in my home with God.
I'm going there to meet my Savior,
Who shed for me his precious blood,
I am going over Jordan,
I'm just going I'm going home.


Note: This is lifted from an old AM radio rebroadcast. The Rev. Rippetoe (1892-1962) was a Texas music teacher; composer and one-time Prez. Of the Texas State Singing Convention. He sang for one or another of the V.O. Stamps Quartets briefly, his brother a while longer.

R.H. Cunningham is mentioned as being from Lexington, KY but I haven't looked into him much.

It appears in several of the Zion's Call camp meeting songbooks. Copyright: 1944, Stamps-Baxter Music but none are credited to Cunningham-Rippetoe.


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