Sunday, May 2, 2010

Wayfaring Stranger

A.K.A. I Am a Poor Wayfaring Stranger
Rise Up Singing chapter: Hard Times and Blues, p.51
A lot of people call this an old folk song which it is but Rise Up Singing defines it as a "white spiritual", and that's what it sounds like to me. Not that those two categories are mutually exclusive of course. They aren't. At any rate, it's old.
Here are some of my YouTube musician friends doing it their way!:
JRondeau (banjo instrumental):

1st part chords:
Am E Am - / Dm - Em - / Am E Am F / Dm Em Am -
2nd part chords ("I'm going there..:):
F G C - / F G Am E / Am E AmG F / Dm Em* Am -

I am a poor wayfaring stranger
A-travelling through this world of woe
But there's no sickness, no toil, nor 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 just a-going over Jordan
I'm just a-going over home

I know dark clouds will gather 'round me
I know my way is rough and steep
But beauteous fields lie just beyond me
Where souls redeemed their vigil keep

I'm going there to meet my mother
She said 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 bright land
I want to shout Salvation's story
In concert with that blood-washed band

I'm going there to meet my Saviour
To sing His praises for evermore
I'm just going over Jordan
I'm just going over home

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