'FARTHER ALONG' (Gospel Song)

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Farther along we’ll know more about it,
Farther along we’ll understand why;
Cheer up, my brother, live in the sunshine,
We’ll understand it all by and by.

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Farther Along: Gospel Collection


Willie Nelson and Bobbie Nelson
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on their album "Farther Along: The Gospel Collection" (Audio CD, 2014)

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"Farther Along" has been covered  by numerous artists over the years,

·         Hank Williams,

·         Pete Seeger,

·         Roy Acuff,

·         Johnny Cash,

·         Sam Cooke,

·         Elvis Presley,

·         Mississippi John Hurt,

·         Bill Anderson,

·         Smoking Popes,

·         Josh Garrels,

·         Brad Paisley and the Million Dollar Quartet

·         The Flying Burrito Brothers: on their 1970 album Burrito Deluxe,

·         The Byrds: title track of their 1971 album, Farther Along.

·         In 1987, Dolly Parton, Linda Ronstadt and Emmylou Harris:
   an arrangement by John Starling and Emmylou Harris for the album Trio.

·         Ronnie Milsap 2009, : on his gospel album Then Sings My Soul.

·         Josh Garrels 2009,  re-arranged the song for his album Love & War & The Sea In Between.

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1.    Tempted and tried, we’re oft made to wonder
Why it should be thus all the day long;
While there are others living about us,
Never molested, though in the wrong.

    • Refrain:
      Farther along we’ll know more about it,
      Farther along we’ll understand why;
      Cheer up, my brother, live in the sunshine,
      We’ll understand it all by and by.
  1. Sometimes I wonder why I must suffer,
    Go in the rain, the cold, and the snow,
    When there are many living in comfort,
    Giving no heed to all I can do.
  2. Tempted and tried, how often we question
    Why we must suffer year after year,
    Being accused by those of our loved ones,
    E’en though we’ve walked in God’s holy fear.
  3. Often when death has taken our loved ones,
    Leaving our home so lone and so drear,
    Then do we wonder why others prosper,
    Living so wicked year after year.
  4. “Faithful till death,” saith our loving Master;
    Short is our time to labor and wait;
    Then will our toiling seem to be nothing,
    When we shall pass the heavenly gate.
  5. Soon we will see our dear, loving Savior,
    Hear the last trumpet sound through the sky;
    Then we will meet those gone on before us,
    Then we shall know and understand why.

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attr. to W. B. Stevens
alt. by 
Barney E. Warrenpub.1911

Scripture: John 13:7; Luke 24:13-48


Farther Along [.xml]

attr. to W. B. Stevens

Copyright: Public Domain


Key: F

Meter: D

There are several contradictory claims for the authorship of this song.
The words and music are frequently attributed to W. B. Stevens,
although others have attributed the words to W. A. Fletcher.


·         The Gospel Trumpet Company, Select Hymns, 1911 (628)

·         Hymn Studies http://homeschoolblogger.com/hymnstudies/756354/

·         Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Farther_Along_(song)

·         Faith Publishing House, Echoes from Heaven, 1976 (24)



"Farther Along" is a Southern Gospel song
  published by the Stamps-Baxter Music Company.


The lyrics to the song were written in 1911 by Rev. W. A. Fletcher, an itinerant preacher, while he was traveling to the Indian Territories by train.[citation needed] Fletcher was feeling depressed because his wife, Catherine Louise Emmett Fletcher of Cleburne, Texas, was expecting their first-born child in a few weeks and he wouldn't be present for the occasion. He felt that his priorities were with his ministry in the Indian Territories and wrote the lyrics to reflect his frame of mind at the time.[citation needed] Sitting next to him on the train was J. R. Baxter, a gospel music promoter who was quite taken with the lyrics that Fletcher was writing and offered him $2.00 for them. Mr. Baxter subsequently had them put to music and the song has been quite popular in the gospel music arena ever since.[citation needed]


Farther Along




A rendition of Farther Along, performed by the famous Million Dollar Quartet during the Sun Session.

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The song deals with a Christian's dismay at the apparent prosperity of the wicked, when contrasted with the suffering of the righteous. The repeated theme is that, "farther along" (in Heaven, perhaps), the truth will be revealed.

The song was copyrighted in 1937, as part of the Starlit Crown collection,[1] and was renewed in 1965.
It is often erroneously thought of as a 
folk hymn or as being in the Public Domain.[citation needed]

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