My friend, Terry Smith sings his most famous song, "Far Side Banks of Jordan" at the 1999 Avoca Festival. Written back in the 1970s when he was still a full-time school teacher, this song has been very good to him over the years. Johnny Cash did the first cut back in 1975 and scores of others have since. A popular standard, this love song turned gospel number is a world-wide favorite, especially among the bluegrass community.
FAR SIDE BANKS OF JORDAN
I'LL ADMIT MY STEPS ARE GROWING WEARIER EACH DAY.
I'VE GOT A CERTAIN JOURNEY ON MY MIND.
LURES OF THIS OLD WORLD HAVE CEASED TO MAKE ME WANNA STAY.
MY ONE REGRET IS LEAVING YOU BEHIND.
IF IT PROVES TO BE HIS WILL THAT I AM FIRST TO CROSS.
SOMEHOW, I'VE A FEELING IT WILL BE.
WHEN IT COMES YOUR TIME TO TRAVEL LIKEWISE, DON'T FEEL LOST.
FOR I WILL BE THE FIRST ONE THAT YOU'LL SEE.
I'LL BE WAITING ON THE FAR SIDE BANKS OF JORDAN.
I'LL BE SITTING DRAWING PICTURES IN THE SAND.
AND WHEN I SEE YOU COMING I WILL RISE UP WITH A SHOUT.
AND COME RUNNING THRU THE SHALLOW WATERS REACHING FOR YOUR HAND.
THRU THIS LIFE WE'VE LABORED LONG, TO EARN OUR MEAGER WAY.
IT'S BROUGHT US TREMBLING HANDS AND FAILING EYES.
SO I'LL JUST REST THERE ON THAT SHORE AND TURN MY EYES AWAY.
UNTIL YOU COME THEN WE'LL SEE PARADISE.
Copyright 1975 Oaks Publishing * reassigned to Warner-Chapell Music, Inc.[BMI] * All Rights Reserved
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