WAYFARING STRANGER

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WAYFARING STRANGER
“The Wayfaring Stranger,” also known as “Poor Wayfaring Stranger,” is a well-known
spiritual/folk song about a plaintive soul on the journey through life. The journey the
singer speaks of is the trials and tribulations of life. Home is the final reward of reuniting
with loved ones in Heaven in the afterlife. It was one of Burl Ives‘s signature songs,
included on his 1944 album The Wayfaring Stranger”. Ives used it as the title of his
early 1940s CBS radio show and his 1948 autobiography. He became known as “The
Wayfaring Stranger.” The song is often classified as a “white spiritual.”
I am a poor wayfaring stranger
While traveling thru 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