Poor, Wayfaring Stranger

Words & Music:

Traditional American


I have found two variations on the chords for this.  They are different enough in structure that I have given both.  Choose what you will.


       Am                                G                    Am

       Em                                Am                   B7

I am a poor wayfaring stranger traveling through this land of woe.

               Am                                      G               Am

               Em                                      Am              Em

And there's no sickness, toil or danger in that bright land to which I go.



          FM7            Am                FM7             Am

          C              G                 C               B7

I'm going home to see my father; I'm going home no more to roam.

          Am                           G          Am

          Em                           Am         Em

I am just going over Jordan; I am just going over home.


I know dark clouds will gather 'round me.

I know my pathway's rough and steep.

But golden fields lie just before me,

Where weary eyes no more shall weep.




I want to wear a crown of glory

When I get home to that bright land.

I want to shout my soul's own story

In concert with that blood-washed man.




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