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Lyr Req: Far-Side Banks of Jordan (Terry Smith)

07 Oct 96 - 02:32 PM (#42)
Subject: Lyric Request River Jordan
From: Walt Blue

I am looking for the lyric's to an old Hymn.
I can only remeber the chorus which follows:
I'll be sitting on the far side banks of Jordan.
I'll be drawing pictures in the sand,
and when I see you coming I'll rise up with a shout.
Go running through the shallow waters to take you by the hand
Any help would be appreciated.

Txs. waltb@ac.net


10 Aug 99 - 01:47 PM (#103743)
Subject: RE: Lyric Request River Jordan
From: Max

Poor Walt Blue never did find these lyrics and subsequently missed a train that led to his wife leaving him and falling in love with a man who did know the words this this Hymn. shame...


10 Aug 99 - 02:47 PM (#103768)
Subject: RE: Lyric Request River Jordan
From: Dale Rose

Hey, Max. I discovered this thread a good while ago. It was so old that I simply Emailed Walt the info. He was glad to get it. The song is on I Know Who Holds Tomorrow by The Cox Family and Alison Krauss, Rounder 307, 1994. It's a Terry Smith composition, but I don't know who he is. I would guess I did this a year and a half ago, at least ~~ it is on my old machine. Actually, I looked up several of those early single posts, but this was the only one I knew the answer to!

(Don't know about the train thing, leastways Walt didn't mention it to me) :-)


18 Sep 01 - 11:25 PM (#553660)
Subject: RE: Lyric Request River Jordan
From: George Seto - af221@chebucto.ns.ca

But no lyrics, Dale?


19 Sep 01 - 12:55 AM (#553696)
Subject: RE: Lyric Request River Jordan
From: GUEST,Dale Rose

Gollee, George, that was TWO computers ago! I will see if I can find them again. (But not right this minute, I am busy until some time next week ~~ if I can remember it that long.)


19 Sep 01 - 01:08 AM (#553700)
Subject: RE: Lyric Request River Jordan
From: Pene Azul

Found 'em here.

Jeff


19 Sep 01 - 01:12 AM (#553705)
Subject: Lyr Add: FAR-SIDE BANKS OF JORDAN (Terry Smith)
From: Pene Azul

FAR-SIDE BANKS OF JORDAN
(Terry Smith)

Verse 1:
I believe my steps are growing wearier each day-
Still I’ve got a journey on my mind
Lures of this old world have ceased to make me want to stay
And my one regret is leaving you behind.
If it proves to be his will that I am first to go
And somehow I’ve a feeling it will be
When it comes your time to travel likewise don't you feel lost
For I will be the first one that you see

CHORUS:
And I’ll be waiting on the far side banks of Jordan
I'll be waiting – drawing pictures in the sand
And when I see you coming I will rise up with a shout
And come running through the shallow waters reaching for you hand

Verse 2:
Through this life we've labored hard to earn our meager fare
It's brought us trembling hands and fading eyes
I'll just rest here on the shore and turn my eyes away
Until you come, then we'll see paradise.

CHORUS AND REPEAT

HTML line breaks added in place of double spacing. --JoeClone, 19-Feb-02.


19 Sep 01 - 01:18 AM (#553710)
Subject: Lyr/Chords Add: FAR-SIDE BANKS OF JORDAN (Smith)
From: Pene Azul

Found here with chords.

  FAR-SIDE BANKS OF JORDAN
(Terry Smith)

A E
I believe my steps are growing wearier each day,
A
Still, I've got a journey on my mind.
E
Cares of this old world have ceased to make me want to stay,
A
And my one regret is leaving you behind.

A E
If it proves to be his will that I am first to go,
A
And somehow I've a feeling it will be.
E
When it comes your time to travel likewise don't you feel lost,
A E A
For I will be the first one that you see.


Chorus:
A
And I'll be waiting on the far side banks of Jordan.
D A
I'll be waiting drawing pictures in the sand.
E A
And when I see you coming I will rise up with a shout,
D A E
And come running through the shallow waters reaching for
A
your hand.


Through this world we have laboured hard to earn our meagre fare,
It's brought us trembling hands and failing eyes.
I'll just rest here on the shore and turn my eyes away,
Until you come and then we'll see paradise.


Chorus x2


19 Sep 01 - 01:47 AM (#553725)
Subject: RE: Lyric Request River Jordan
From: GUEST,Dale Rose

Thanks Jeff, be sure to ask Max about the train deal. :-)

This does point up some of the good about having threads hanging around forever. Walt asks the question in Oct of 96. I answer him by email in late 97, maybe early 98, figuring he is not still monitoring the site in the hope of a response. (He bought the CD, by the way) Max runs across it in Aug 99, George resurrects it in Sep 01, and almost immediately Jeff comes up with lyrics AND chords. My set of lyrics are still on the old Packard Bell 23CD from somewhere just this side of the Dark Ages. But, the question still remains, WHO is Terry Smith?


19 Sep 01 - 01:52 AM (#553731)
Subject: RE: Lyric Request River Jordan
From: Pene Azul

This Google search will give you several links about Terry Smith. His website isn't directly available, but Google has it cached.

Hmmm, I'm curious about that train deal, Dale :^)

Jeff


19 Sep 01 - 02:20 AM (#553740)
Subject: RE: Lyric Request River Jordan
From: GUEST

I expect this will satisfy all but the most diehard of musical minutiae lovers.

Terry Smith, who was voted by the Traditional Music Association as its Songwriter of the Year in both 1995 and 1996, wrote "Far-Side Banks of Jordan," which is featured twice in Robert Duvall's movie, The Apostle and is included on the film's soundtrack CD. June Carter Cash, who plays Duvall's mother, sings the song at the close of the opening scene, and later in the film, when she dies, an instrumental version provides background music.

The song was also recorded by the Cox Family and Alison Krauss on their 1995 Grammy winning album, "I Know Who Holds Tomorrow." Johnny and June Cash cut the first version of this song in the seventies, and June also recorded it with Mother Maybelle and her sisters as part of a Carter Family album. Fast becoming a gospel and bluegrass standard, "Far-Side Banks of Jordan" has been recorded over forty times.

Terry also wrote one of Roy Acuff's last singles, "I Can't Find a Train," and the Oak Ridge Boys recorded his rousing gospel number, "Lord, I've Been Ready for Years." Kitty Wells cut "It Doesn't Say," while Terry's "Ten Seconds in the Saddle," recorded by Chris LeDoux, received airplay in markets as far apart as Wyoming and Germany. (Information from a review of Smith's Texas Roots CD for Metrocountry.)

Well, Darn, there is your answer. Terry Smith also wrote "I Can't Find a Train." How do you suppose Max figured that out? That "Ten Seconds In The Saddle" is a good'un. Didn't know it was a Terry Smith song. And with that, I think I am done. Thanks George, for resurrecting thread #22.


19 Sep 01 - 05:56 AM (#553784)
Subject: RE: Lyric Request River Jordan
From: George Seto - af221@chebucto.ns.ca

You're very welcome, Guest.


08 Jan 04 - 06:28 PM (#1089012)
Subject: Lyrics required 'Far side Bank of Jordan
From: Dickmac

I'm looking for the words of "Far Side Bank of Jordan" from an Alison Krauss and the Cox Family album "I know who holds tomorrow"


08 Jan 04 - 06:59 PM (#1089038)
Subject: Lyr Add: FAR SIDE BANKS OF JORDAN (from Carter Fam
From: GUEST,Sandy Mc Lean (lost cookie)

THE FAR SIDE BANKS OF JORDAN

The Carter Family

Key = F#

Intro: F#  F#  F#  F#

F#                              C#7
I'll admit my steps are growing wearier each day
                                       F#
Still I've got a certain journey on my mind
                                       C#7
Lures of this old world have ceased to make me want to stay
                               F#
My one regret is leaving you behind

F#                               C#7
If it proves to be his will that I am first to cross
                                   F#
And somehow I've a feeling it will be
                                  C#7
When it comes your turn to travel likewise don't feel lost
                                        F#
For I will be the first one that you'll see

Chorus:
            F#
And I'll be waiting on the far side banks of Jordan
F#7     B                               F#
I'll be sitting drawing pictures in the sand
    C#7                          F#
And when I see you coming, I will rise up with a shout
         B                   F#            C#7               F#
And come running through the shallow water reaching for your hand

Lead Break: B - F# - C#7 - F# - F#

F#                                    C#7
Through this life we've laboured long to earn our meagre fare
                                            F#
It's brought us trembling hands and failing eyes
                                      C#7
So I'll just rest there on that shore and turn my eyes away
                                   F#
Until you come then we'll see paradise

Repeat chorus x 2


08 Jan 04 - 07:19 PM (#1089055)
Subject: Lyr/Chords Add: FAR SIDE BANK OF JORDAN (Cox Fam.)
From: masato sakurai

From here:

Words and music: Terry Smith
Performers: The Cox Family
Album: I Know Who Holds Tomorrow (1994)
Transcribed: Guitar Picker - www.gospelmusic.tk

FAR SIDE BANK OF JORDAN


A                              E
I believe my steps are growing wearier each day,
                               A
Still, I've got a journey on my mind.
                                       E
Cares of this old world have ceased to make me want to stay,
                                 A
And my one regret is leaving you behind.

A                                  E
If it proves to be his will that I am first to go,
                                  A
And somehow I've a feeling it will be.
                                           E
When it comes your time to travel likewise don't you feel lost,
                                     A   E A
For I will be the first one that you see.


Chorus:
            A
And I'll be waiting on the far side banks of Jordan.
       D                               A
I'll be waiting drawing pictures in the sand.
    E                            A
And when I see you coming I will rise up with a shout,
         D                   A             E
And come running through the shallow waters reaching for
    A
your hand.


Through this world we have laboured hard to earn our meagre fare,
It's brought us trembling hands and failing eyes.
I'll just rest here on the shore and turn my eyes away,
Until you come and then we'll see paradise.


Chorus x2


08 Jan 04 - 07:40 PM (#1089074)
Subject: RE: Lyrics required 'Far side Bank of Jordan
From: masato sakurai

Recording of 'Waitin' On The Far Side Banks Of Jordan' (Carter Sisters) is at The Record Lady's All-Time Country Favorites (REQUESTS PAGE NINE).


08 Jan 04 - 09:32 PM (#1089140)
Subject: RE: Lyric Request River Jordan
From: GUEST,Dale

Refresh

Copy and paste from above: This does point up some of the good about having threads hanging around forever. Walt asks the question in Oct of 96. I answer him by email in late 97, maybe early 98, figuring he is not still monitoring the site in the hope of a response. (He bought the CD, by the way) Max runs across it in Aug 99, George resurrects it in Sep 01, and almost immediately Jeff comes up with lyrics AND chords. I am fairly certain that the unnamed GUEST of 19 Sep 01 - 02:20 AM is also me.

Add to that the fact that a JoeClone did some html work on it back in 2002, and you have a thread which neatly covers most all of Mudcat history.


08 Jan 04 - 09:47 PM (#1089148)
Subject: RE: Lyric Request River Jordan
From: GUEST,Dale

I should have mentioned for those who rarely pay attention to such(include me in that group) that Walt's original request was Message #42 in Thread #22, we had barely passed 100,000 messages when Max and I first wrote, something past a half million when George resurrected it, and well beyond one million now.


09 Jan 04 - 02:47 PM (#1089585)
Subject: RE: Lyrics required 'Far side Bank of Jordan
From: Dickmac

Thanks to all who replied


09 Jan 04 - 03:23 PM (#1089615)
Subject: RE: Lyrics required 'Far side Bank of Jordan
From: Steve in Idaho

It's a superb tune - don't let the Bluegrassers speed it up on you -


05 Aug 10 - 04:17 AM (#2958606)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Far-Side Banks of Jordan (Terry Smith)
From: GUEST,sept23girl

ok--- this is all so interesting as I love the song. However from what I have heard it was an OLD religious song. I have heard a version by a wonderful male singer and would love too find out who else has recorded this song as to me this is the best one I have heard. It was somewhat in the style of Jim Reeves or Hank Thompson. I am sure this is a dead subject but are there any ideas out there?


06 Feb 11 - 01:23 AM (#3089606)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Far-Side Banks of Jordan (Terry Smith)
From: GUEST,A Guest

June Carter and Johnny Cash recorded a beautiful duet of this on his 1977 album The Last Gunfighter Ballad. It is available on CD on the wonderful Keep On The Sunny Side: June Carter Cash Her Life In Music 2 CD set.