I’m adding some “spirituals” to my guitar/music program, the origins of which go back to the Civil War. Here is one I do now, published by my friend, Jed Marum, who is one of the best Southern/Irish musicians and composers I’ve ever known.
Jed says: “This is song is of unknown origin. There are many versions of the song and this modern version of the lyrics probably developed from the song as it was sung the African American churches. It became very popular throughout all of the US during the Civil War period. The song has been recorded by many many artists in recent years and I learned this version from my father.”
Poor Wayfaring Stranger
I am a poor wayfaring stranger
Trav’ling through this land of woe.
And there’s no sickness, toil or danger
In that bright land to which I go.
I’m going back to see my brother
I’m going there no more to roam;
I’m only goin’ over Jordan
I’m only goin’ over home.
I know dark clouds will gather ’round me
I know my way is rough and steep
Yet beauteous fields lie just beyond me
Where God’s redeemed their vigil keep.
I’m going back to meet my mother
She said she’d meet me when I come
I’m just a-going over Jordan
I’m just a-going over home.
Book Signing News:
Today was a VERY busy and tiring day. It began with my playing guitar at Northwest High School in Justin, Texas. After that, I met with administration and librarians at several schools in two school districts. I also met with the owner of a Christian book store in Azle who is interested in my coming for a signing at his store. I also received some computer and program instruction from friends and contacts in the Fort Worth area. I did make a number of sales and gathered many new contacts. Tomorrow, I’ll stop in Jefferson, Texas to deliver Press Kits to Kathy Patrick for the Girlfriend Weekend I’m part of in January. Friday, I’ll be at Waldenbooks in Alexandria, Louisiana, and Saturday, I’ll be at the Sam’s Club in Monroe. I realize this is a very short entry, but I’m very tired.