Wayfaring Stranger with lyrics
Wayfaring Stranger sung by Michael Parks
and Bonnie Bedelia from the TV series Then Came Bronson.
Jack White singing Wayfaring Stranger
from the soundtrack of Cold Mountain
Johnny Cash sings Wayfaring Strange
Dusty Springfield sings
Wayfaring Stranger cords
About the song Wayfaring Stranger
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 reunitingwith loved ones in Heaven in the afterlife. There are many and varied opinions as to its origin. Some of the theories include Appalachian Folk, Old Irish, and Catskills Folk. Others cite its origin from the religious revival meeting popular in Kentucky, Tennessee and the Carolinas. In these revival meetings there was the custom of the 'Mourner's Bench' where penitents publicly confessed their sins. 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." The first known printing of it is in Ananias Davisson's Kentucky Harmony, or, A Choice Collection of Psalm Tunes, Hymns, and Anthems, in Three Parts
Lyrics to Wayfaring Stranger
I am a poor wayfaring stranger travelin' through this world alone.
I know dark clouds will gather 'round me. I know my way is rough and steep.
I want to wear that crown of Glory, when I get there to that bright land.
Sheet Music for Wayfaring Stranger printable version
The Wayfaring Stranger was the name of the CBS radio program which Burl Ives (1909-1995) hosted. The Wayfaring Stranger served as the unofficial songbook for a generation of would-be folksingers who followed.
Wayfaring Stranger by Jack White
is now on DVD ! An international version that has footage not seen in U.S. telecasts