Farther Along

This is an online fiddle lesson for the gospel song "Farther Along."

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Genre: Gospel
Skill Level: Beginner, Intermediate
Key of D and E

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Video #1: Here is a video of me playing the gospel song "Farther Along."

Farther Along - Online Fiddle Lessons. Celtic, Bluegrass, Old-Time, Gospel, and Country Fiddle.

Farther Along - Online Fiddle Lessons. Celtic, Bluegrass, Old-Time, Gospel, and Country Fiddle.

Farther Along - Online Fiddle Lessons. Celtic, Bluegrass, Old-Time, Gospel, and Country Fiddle.

Farther Along - Online Fiddle Lessons. Celtic, Bluegrass, Old-Time, Gospel, and Country Fiddle. Farther Along - Online Fiddle Lessons. Celtic, Bluegrass, Old-Time, Gospel, and Country Fiddle.

Farther Along - Online Fiddle Lessons. Celtic, Bluegrass, Old-Time, Gospel, and Country Fiddle.

Farther Along - Online Fiddle Lessons. Celtic, Bluegrass, Old-Time, Gospel, and Country Fiddle.

"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. 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. 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.

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Farther Along

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.

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.

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.

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.

“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.

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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  • #23093

    John Cockman
    Keymaster

    A lesson for a great old hymn.  This lesson has a beginner version and also an intermediate break as played by Stuart Duncan on Doc Watson’s On Praying Ground CD.

    Farther Along

    #23101

    swamper1
    Participant

    Beautiful, John. I was hoping you would do this one sometime. It is one of my favorites. Dan

    #23112

    John Cockman
    Keymaster

    Thanks Dan. My Skype student requests hymns, so I am building a good repertoire. I’ll be uploading the lessons here as time allows!

    #23133

    Kaeleigh
    Participant

    Funny, I thought I knew a lot of those old Gospel hymns, but I’ve never heard this one. What fun! I love hearing new (old) songs 🙂

    #23146

    John Cockman
    Keymaster

    Kaeleigh, there are so many good old songs.  This happens to be one I grew up with. My older sister used to sing “Cheer up my brother” tease me when I was having a bad day. 🙂 I love the Doc Watson version of this song.

    #23154
    Justine
    Justine
    Participant

    It’s a beautiful song! It’s always a nice surprise to see what shows up as a new lesson!

    #27643
    nagumaq
    nagumaq
    Participant

    How nice it is to find such nice music in E :O) Big smiles .
    Once again , John , you fill my schedule with flavor and necessary elements of le fiddle . I was looking for something to help me out with the country music jamms in E, they like that key a lot , and me, it makes me shy not knowing any phrases or positions, so, with this song , I think its all getting under control :O)
    I was wondering also, since the song is in E, why the sheet music is tabbed in A? Is it just me? And also, maybe it s just me again, I was looking into Baton ROUGE mp3s in E and it is funky error message, thought you would want to know :O)
    GU

    #27662

    John Cockman
    Keymaster

    Hi Gu, for some reason the time signature was A even though the song was in E. I changed it, and it corrected some of the flats and sharps in the sheet music. However, I don’t think the tabs changed any.

    For some reason, the “Callin’ Baton Rouge’ tracks were fine on the lesson page, but were throwing an error on the ‘Jam Track’ page. That should be fixed now. Thanks for bringing it to my attention!

    #36663

    That evocative, haunting sound on the fiddle is so well suited to this  mournful old hymn.

    #36672

    John Cockman
    Keymaster

    Thank you! This is a mournful hymn; it speaks right to a hurting soul. I’ve found myself singing this one a lot in the past week.

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