Wayfaring Stranger

from Creative Moments by vvsmusic

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World famous Song also perfomed by:

Charlie Haden (his own voice, on The Art of Song)
Chris Thomas King (on his album Antebellum Postcards)
David Eugene Edwards (on 16 Horsepower album Secret South)
Dusty Springfield (on the 2007 DVD Live at the BBC)
Emmylou Harris (released as a single from her album Roses in the Snow, her version peaked at #7 on the U.S. Country Charts in 1980)

Jack White (from the soundtrack to the film Cold Mountain)
Johnny Cash (on his album American III: Solitary Man)
Kristin Hersh (on the In Shock EP)
Maria McKee (from the Songcatcher film soundtrack)
Michael Parks (Then Came Bronson, 1969)
Neil Young (Americana, 2012)
Noel Pointer (Phantazia, 1977)
Ed Sheeran (One Take EP, 2011)

... and me :) (Instrumental Ballad & Orchestral)


As with most folk songs, many variations of the lyrics exist. Here is one common version:

I'm just a poor wayfaring stranger
I'm traveling through this world of woe
Yet there's no sickness, toil nor danger
In that bright land to which I go
I'm going there to see my mother/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 golden fields lie just before me
Where God's redeemed shall ever sleep
I'm going there to see my father/mother
S/he said he'd/she'd meet me when I come
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 meet my Saviour
To sing his praise forever more
I'm just a going over Jordan
I'm just a going over home


from Creative Moments, track released July 30, 2012
Graphic: tsykhra
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