Wayfarin' Stranger (Traditional) Alternative Folk

Released March 5, 2018

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Composition

Dave Fowler ("drycamplaptop")
Joplin Missouri USA
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Traditional tune, arrangement by Dave Fowler

Sound Recording

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Ben Owen ("ben0")
San Antonio Texas USA
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Fiddle
Dave Fowler ("drycamplaptop")
Joplin Missouri USA
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Guitar and Lead Vocal
Peter Fuller ("nolabass")
New Orleans Louisiana USA
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Bass, Percussion and Vocal Harmonies
Artist's Notes

 

Wikipedia says: 

"The Wayfaring Stranger" (also known as "Poor Wayfaring Stranger" or "I Am a Poor Wayfaring Stranger"), Roud 3339, is a well-known American folk and gospel song likely originating in the early 19th century[1] about a plaintive soul on the journey through life.

As with most folk songs, many variations of the lyrics exist.

Members of the Western Writers of America chose it as one of the Top 100 Western songs of all time.

Lyrics

I'm just a poor wayfaring stranger

Traveling through this world of woe

But there's no sickness, toil nor danger

In that fair land to which I go

I'm going there to see my father

I'm going there no more to roam

I am just going over Jordan

I am just going over home

 

I know dark clouds will gather round me

I know my way is rough and steep

But beau-teous fields lie just before me

Where God's redeemed their vigils keep

I'm going home 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

I'm just a going over home

 

I'll soon be free from every trial

My body rest in the old church yard

I'll drop this cross of self denial

and I'll go singing home to God

I'm going there to see my loved ones

gone on before me one by one

I'm just a going over Jordan

I'm just a going over home