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Posted:  17 Jun 2005 15:19

I've been looking everywhere for this.  It was played recently at my grandfathers funeral.  Original music by Antonin Dvorak

Many thanks
Posted:  17 Jun 2005 17:01   Last Edited By: steveliu
Hi Guest,

The hymn is "Going Home", set to the music of Dvorak's 9th Symphony, third movement.

Going home, going home,
I'm just going home.
Quiet-like, slip away-
I'll be going home.
It's not far, just close by;
Jesus is the Door;
Work all done, laid aside,
Fear and grief no more.
Friends are there, waiting now.
He is waiting, too.
See His smile! See His hand!
He will lead me through.

Morning Star lights the way;
Restless dream all done;
Shadows gone, break of day,
Life has just begun.
Every tear wiped away,
Pain and sickness gone;
Wide awake there with Him!
Peace goes on and on!
Going home, going home,
I'll be going home.
See the Light! See the Sun!
I'm just going home.

Words are by William Arms Fisher and Ken Bible. I found a link to some printed music here (copy and paste into your browser)


Hope it helps. God bless!
Posted:  17 Jun 2005 18:20
Thank you so much Steve

When I read the words I really understood why this was chosen by my Grandad when he was arranging his funeral service.  He was a gentleman and fought bravely and with dignity till the end of his illness. It is very typical that he chose something to comfort his family at this sad time.

Thank you again
Posted:  19 Jun 2005 03:33
Hi Antoinette,

Wow, what a blessing your Granddad left for you and your family.

I still remember before my mom passed on, she told me the same words. Even though her body was ravaged by cancer, she had such peace about her...she spoke of how she knew her job on earth was finished, and how far better is was to go back to be with the Lord. It sounds like your granddad had that same blessed assurance. Who knows, perhaps they are shaking hands right now as we speak

Thanks so much for sharing...I think your granddad's choice of hymn for his funeral service may end up being a blessing not just to your family, but to me and others reading your message

God bless,
Posted:  01 Jul 2005 01:19   Last Edited By: Guest
Um...I'm pretty sure it's set to Largo from "From the New World" Symphony No. 9 op. 95 by Antonin Dvorak. That's movement No. 2, not No. 3. Just to let you know. ^-^

The sweetest English Horn solo in the world. Go oboes and english horns!
Posted:  04 Jul 2005 03:39
Who knows, perhaps they are shaking hands right now as we speak

What a nice thought! I'm sure they're both in good company so!  Thanks for your help Steve.  I admire and envy people who have faith in God, it seems to give them peace and reassurance in life, and death.

Take Care,
Posted:  10 Jul 2005 18:47
Thnks so much for posting these lyrics.

I located the music for a member of my church who requested it for her anticipated funeral and the lyrics I found were from Dvorak's Hymn for healing.

These are the lyrics she is requesting.
Posted:  12 Jul 2005 06:29

I once heard a recording of a young lady with an angelic voice singing this song, (Going Home).  Do you know who it could be?  I want this song badly.
Posted:  24 Jul 2005 15:36
i used to sing this song at school before end of term.

it's so nice.

god bless

ben hudson
Posted:  24 Jul 2005 18:43   Last Edited By: steveliu
After reading Teresa’s post, I thought I’d do a little digging on recordings. Unfortunately, I’m doubtful I found the one Teresa were looking for—but I did find some other very nice ones.

1) This CD contains a recording of a choir, accompanied by Katherine Goheen. Whether her voice fits the definition of ‘angelic’ I’m not sure, but hopefully it comes close

Linkhttp://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=namethathymnl-20&l=ur2&o=1" width="1" height="1" border="0" alt="" style="border:none !important; margin:0px !important;

For reference, here are some other famous recordings of this song:

2) Paul Robeson. Many call this *the* definitive recording. I agree, but perhaps I’m biased because Mr. Robeson was a fellow Rutgers guy

Linkhttp://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=namethathymnl-20&l=ur2&o=1" width="1" height="1" border="0" alt="" style="border:none !important; margin:0px !important;"

3) Lawrence Tibbett. Another timeless rendition.

Linkhttp://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=namethathymnl-20&l=ur2&o=1" width="1" height="1" border="0" alt="" style="border:none !important; margin:0px !important;

4) Another version by Archie Shepp

Linkhttp://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=namethathymnl-20&l=ur2&o=1" width="1" height="1" border="0" alt="" style="border:none !important; margin:0px !important;

5) Chor Leoni – A noted version by a Canadian men’s choir:

Linkhttp://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=namethathymnl-20&l=ur2&o=1" width="1" height="1" border="0" alt="" style="border:none !important; margin:0px !important;

6) An instrumental version –

Linkhttp://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=namethathymnl-20&l=ur2&o=1" width="1" height="1" border="0" alt="" style="border:none !important; margin:0px !important;

7) Version by the BYU choirs:

Linkhttp://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=namethathymnl-20&l=ur2&o=1" width="1" height="1" border="0" alt="" style="border:none !important; margin:0px !important;

Of course, this list wouldn’t be complete without mentioning Dvorak’s Symphony #9: From the New World.

8) Here is what some could call the definitive recording, with George Szell and the Cleveland Orchestra:

Linkhttp://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=namethathymnl-20&l=ur2&o=1" width="1" height="1" border="0" alt="" style="border:none !important; margin:0px !important;

Finally, you can find downloadable sheet music at SheetMusicPlus.Com.


There’s a pretty interesting story tying this song and the symphony. Some people believe (erroneously) that Dvorak based this melody on a spiritual called “Goin’ Home”. The truth is, Dvorak’s music was certainly influenced by the classic African-American spirituals of the “New World”, but it actually was the other way around. The song was written by William Arms Fisher, who happened to be a composition student of Antonin Dvorak who adapted the music from the Largo section of the symphony.

Anyway, just some trivia for your next trip to the water cooler
Posted:  01 Aug 2005 04:02
Very timely posts for me.  I am trying to get a recording or arrange a singer for a ceremony in September at my mother's inurnment, and I know this music is a favourite.  I have copied the sheet music PDF, and will start browsing stores for the recordings you have listed here. 

Thanks a lot.
Posted:  26 Aug 2005 03:49
A version of Dvorak's 'Largo' or 'Going Home' was sung at the end of the 1947 movie The Snake Pit, a movie about life in an "insane asylum". It is a very poignant version sung by an inmate, and worth the viewing.

Gary T
Posted:  31 Aug 2005 17:28
the "angelic" voice is probably Deanna Durbin, she sang a version of "going home" in the movie It Started with Eve. I've been looking for it on cd, sheet music, but have found different versions. So far the only way I can listen to it is watch the movie!

Posted:  31 Aug 2005 22:41   Last Edited By: steveliu
Wow! Great find

I found a bunch of Deanna Durbin recordings, but none with "Going Home" on it. I may just end up buying the movie

Here's a link to the DVD on Amazon:

linkhttp://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=namethathymnl-20&l=ur2&o=1" width="1" height="1" border="0" alt="" style="border:none !important; margin:0px !important;
Posted:  28 Sep 2005 04:25
Thanks for all the info on this song--I've forever loved the melody, but didn't know the lyrics that were put to it. They turned out to be absolutely appropriate for the funeral last week for a dear friend's dad. Sang it as a duet, accompanied on piano and then added an instrumental part between the verses with fiddles and piano. Just perfect! Thanks so much.
Posted:  28 Sep 2005 11:57
Just found this site while looking for info about Goin' Home.  It transposes into a great piece for bagpipes!  Now that I know the words, I'll enjoy hearing it even more!!  God bless you all.
Posted:  28 Sep 2005 11:58
By the way, I play tenor drum with the pipe band!
Posted:  01 Oct 2005 03:25
the lady singing going home in snake pit who later went on too star as Timmy mom in the tv series Lassie.. Jan Clayton was her name if not mistaken..
god bless
Posted:  07 Oct 2005 00:59
Beautiful version of Going Home sung by Issy on her album Ascolta.  Also Be Still My Soul.
Posted:  10 Nov 2005 17:17
military bands website has a  intrumental version played by a  air force band  very moving. runs 3:05
Posted:  25 Nov 2005 14:25
Annie Haslam does a lovely version of Going Home on her first solo album "Annie in Wonderland"
Posted:  02 Dec 2005 04:26
I also stumbled upon this site in a search for the lyrics to "Goin' Home".  I seem to recall in the pictorial book, "The Best Of Life Magazine", a picture of a man, crying, while playing GH on an accordian at FDR's funeral in Washington, DC. Also, the Czech Boys Choir, "Boni Pueri", sings it very well.  Anyway, my contribution to a learning experince. Thanks to all.
Posted:  04 Dec 2005 17:03
Not heard it for a long time, but it was played and sung inchurch a few weeks ago. beautiful.
Posted:  07 Dec 2005 06:34
The public radio show "Music from the Hearts of Space" had a beautiful version of this on synthesizer several years ago. Very minimalist and ethereal. Sorry that I can't remember the artist's name.
Posted:  09 Dec 2005 21:50
I agree with the person who applauded Paul Robeson's version. I have it on a few of my cd's and it is impressive and moving, the way he sang it. He did that with slightly different lyrics.
Toke van Goch,
Posted:  13 Dec 2005 01:14
I'd never read the lyrics until seeing them above. Thanks Steve. My mom passed this year and wanted it played on the Bagpipes. Always been one of my favorites. Now I'm really glad she chose it.

If I can just put my 2 cents in here, Bryn Terfel sings a fairly good version as well.
Posted:  20 Dec 2005 15:09
Does anyone know if there is a recording of Jan Clayton singing Goin'Home [aside from the one in the movie?]
Posted:  22 Dec 2005 22:26
I first heard this hymn in the movie Eleanor and Franklin.  It was being played during the train trip for FDR's body returning to Warm Springs.  I have loved it ever since.  I requested that it be played at my mother's funeral but had never known the lyrics until today.  Thank you so much.
Posted:  04 Jan 2006 20:39
This is played beautifully by the New York City Police Pipes and Drums...they play it at every funeral for a fellow officer. Available on their CD...which by the way supports their group.
Posted:  12 Jan 2006 23:24
Anyone know anything about William Arms Fisher?  (beside that he was a student of Dvorak).
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