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June 10, 2008 | 6 Comments



Garrison,
Linda, a dear friend's sister, is very ill with liver cancer. Discussion of funeral service has begun and Linda remembers hearing on PHC, perhaps as long as 8-10 years ago, a gospel group singing a wonderful piece that might have had the words, "I'm going home" or "I'm coming home" and "I'm ready"... ANY chance at all that you could point us to the right music and lyrics? Thanks.

Libby

There are many "Going/Coming Home" songs in gospel music but the phrase "I'm ready" suggests "I'm ready when you call me, Lord, but give me just a little more time." I hope Linda has more time.

"Lord, I'm Coming Home" is an old revival song from my childhood, but it's more about repentance than death. There's "Come home, come home, it's suppertime," a sentimental gospel song. And that lovely theme from Dvorak's New World Symphony has "coming home" lyrics.


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I'm so sorry to hear about Linda.
The song may be "Softly and Tenderly."
I grew up in a Southern Baptist church
and we sang it often.
"Come home, come home, ye who
are weary come home."
I can still see our Pastor with
arms outstretched waiting for
us to "repent." I'm an Episcopalian
now, but still love the ol' time
gospel songs (especially Garrison
and Jearlyn duets!).
Sandy
San Clemente


Listen to "People Get Ready." I'm a fan of Eva Cassidy's version on her album "Songbird," but there are many versions out there. Good luck to you and Linda...here are the lyrics:

People get ready
There's a train a-coming
You don't need no baggage
You just get on board
All you need is faith
To hear diesels humming
You don't need no ticket
You just thank the Lord
Yeah yeah yeah

People get ready
For the train to Jordan
Picking up passengers
From coast to coast
Faith is the key
Open the doors and board them
There's room for all
Among the loved and lost

Now there ain't no room
For the hopeless sinner
Who's hard on mankind
Just to save his own
Have pity on those
Whose chances are thinner
Cause there's no hiding place
From the Kingdom's Throne

Ohh people get ready
There's a train a-coming
You don't need no baggage
You just get on board
All you need is faith
To hear diesels a- humming
You don't need no ticket
You just thank the Lord
Yeah yeah yeah

I'm getting ready
I - I'm ready yeah yeah yeah
Oh I'm getting ready oh - oh
I'm ready yeah


What a wonderful way to celebrate your sisters life.

Rick Skaggs has a song on a gospel album with those words " going home" and "I'm ready." I don't know who wrote it but it would make a great song for a funeral. It is rather fast and upbeat.


I'm also sorry to hear about Linda. There's a web site called www.hymnlyrcis.org. It has 2 songs listed under "Goin' Home" and I wonder if the 2nd one may be what you're looking for.


My prayers to you and your family...

I spend a lot of time listening to the Hopeful Gospel Quartet cd's that I own and the first songs that come to mind when reading what you're looking for are "Softly and Tenderly", "Long As I Can See The Light", "Calling My Children Home" & the old standard "How Great Thou Art".

They are all such beautiful songs that have beautiful messages and I find great comfort in listening to them over and over again.

All of them except "Softly and Tenderly" are off the "Climbing Up The Rough Side" album.


Libby;
you may be seeking "Come Home, Come Home, It's Suppertime"; a number of offerings of that on Web under " 'Come Home; Come Home; It's Suppertime' gospel song", worked for me.
I hope you can find it okay.
Peace;
Bob

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