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Posted:  15 Jan 2006 18:12
I´ve had the recording of "Goin´home" for many years and I´m happy to find lyrics on the Internet. I wish to have this hymn played at my funeral to accompany me on the way to our Lord. (V.K., Czech Republic)
Posted:  15 Jan 2006 22:28
Going Home from the movie

Posted:  18 Jan 2006 05:52
There is another version of this song, but as far as I know it is an older one.


Many times in my childhood we'd travel so far
By nightfall how weary I'd grow.
Father's arms would slip 'round me and gently he'd say,
"My child, we're going home."

Going home, I'm going home.
There is nothing to hold me here.
I got a glimpse of that heavenly land;
Praise God, I am going home.

Now the twilight is fading, the day soon shall end,
I get homesick the farther I roam.
But the Father has blessed me each step of the way,
And now I am going home.

Going home, I'm going home.
There is nothing to hold me here.
I caught a glimpse of that heavenly land,
Praise God, we are going home.

Praise God, we are going home.

Hope it helps
Posted:  25 Jan 2006 01:39
If you go to the link that SteveLiu referenced last June in the first of the list of messages, you will find the music and two verses of the song (the Dvorak version).  Here are two other verses that were sung at a friend's funeral in England in 2004:

Going home, moving on, through God's open door;
Hush, my soul, have no fear, Christ has gone before.
Parting hurts, love protests, pain is not denied;
Yet in Christ, life and hope span the great divide.
Going home, moving on, though God's open door;
Hush, my soul, have no fear, Christ has gone before.

No more guilt, no more fear, all the past is healed;
Broken dreams now restored, perfect grace revealed.
Christ has died, Christ is ris'n, Christ will come again;
Death destroyed, live restored, love alone shall reign.
Going home, moving on, through God's open door;
Hush, my soul, have no fear, Christ has gone before.

Thanks Steve.  My Mom asked me to find this music for my Dad when it's his turn.  Hopefully it will be a long time waiting.
Posted:  25 Jan 2006 01:42
Oops.  The fourth line of the second verse has a typo.  It should be:
Death destroyed, life restored, love alone shall reign.

Posted:  31 Jan 2006 17:52
thank you-i think the lyrics in the movie,snke pit,are different-but its all good.tom
Posted:  01 Feb 2006 00:40
Thank you for the lyrics .Was so impressed with this song ,having remembered it from the movie, that i have never forgotten the melody. It's been haunting me. Sing it in the key of D.
                Agreatful guesr.
Posted:  01 Feb 2006 00:54
Thank you for the lyrics. Have not been able to shake the memory of this song since first I heard the beautiful melody.Sing it in the key of D.Have heard it played by the bagpipers at funerals and it is the last sound to take with you.

                      The Grateful Guest.
Posted:  04 Feb 2006 01:12
I believe the angelic voice you are talking
about is Charlotte Church.  I have heard her
sing Going Home
Posted:  02 Mar 2006 21:42
The link below is BYU mens choir singing
Going Home.  You will be able to see the
lyrics while the choir is singing

Posted:  05 Mar 2006 14:46
This song is also know as largo, from the new world symphony. I can play it on piano.
Posted:  05 Mar 2006 14:47
The song was sung at Coretta Kings funeral. She died! :[
Posted:  15 Mar 2006 20:07
Just wanted to let you know the tune of Goin Home is from the 2nd movement or Largo of Dvoraks 9th Symphony not the 3rd. I have been looking for these lyrics everywhere thanks!
Posted:  20 Mar 2006 15:18
I just found out this morning that I have to sing Going Home at a funeral mass.  The organist knows the melody but she did not have the words.  Thanks so much for posting the words.  I always try to accomodate the families at these services.

God bless and thanks again.
Posted:  29 Mar 2006 15:04
Firstly, thanks for your site.  Have just been listening to a Harry Secombe version of Goin' Home which is really beautiful but unfortunately this must be the other version you spoke about.  If I find a site with the words on I'll keep you all posted.  Kathy, Western Australia
Posted:  06 Apr 2006 12:15
Some of you asked who William Arms Fisher was. He was born April 27 1861 in San Francisco and died December 18 1948 in Boston. He studied harmony, piano and organ with John Paul Morgan, contrapoint and fugue with Horatio W. Parker and composition with Dvorák. He was then employed in Boston in the music publishing house O. Ditson Co. from 1897-1937. He was also vice president of the Music Publisher's National Association. In a letter of January 22 1924 he wrote to Miss Mead: One day, when somebody put in front of me the Largo in a piano arrangement, I played it only for old times' sake. However, as I played, I heard in my mind words coming unbidden: "Goin' Home - I'am going home." I wrote them down and took my idea home. Obeying my inner impulse, I elaboreted it accordingly.
Posted:  05 Jun 2006 17:10
The beautiful ANGELIC voice is that of CHLOE, who is 17 years old and sings with CELTIC WOMAN.  That's also the name of her CD with 'Going Home' on it, "CHLOE".
Posted:  05 Jun 2006 17:17
Below are the original lyrics, which I prefer over
the ones posted above:

Going home. Going home. I'm a-going home.
Quiet-like some still day, I'm just going home.

It's not far, just close by, through an open door.
Work all done, cares laid by, Going to roam no more;

Mother's there expecting me, Father's waiting, too.
Lot's of folks gathered there. All the friends I knew.

2) Morning star lights the way, restless dream all done.
Shadows gone, break of day, real life just begun.

There's no break, there's no end, just a-living on;
Wide awake, with a smile, going on and on.

Going home. Going home, I'm just going home.
It's not far, just close by, through an open door.
Posted:  12 Jul 2006 18:21
Hi, I'm a serving police officer with Strathclyde Police in Scotland. Going Home was played by the Strathclyde Police pipeband at my passing out parade. It was played as we marched from the parade square for the final time in slow time.
It's a realy moving peice played by the pipes and drums. Does anyone know where i can obtain a copy of a pipeband version.
Posted:  13 Jul 2006 02:37
Hi! Here are two I found.

Scottish Celtic Bagpipes

Royal Scots Dragoon Guards

Anyone know of others?

Posted:  18 Jul 2006 11:22
I first heard this beautiful song sung (many years ago) in the classic movie "Snakepit" ... a movie about a mental institution for women. I believe it was sung by Celeste Holme.  I heard the instrumental version today in the movie "Clear and Present Danger." (It was being played at a military funeral). I spent the rest of the day looking for the lyrics.  My thanks to the June 5 unnamed guest for the version I was looking for. Patricia
Posted:  29 Jul 2006 23:34
Goin' home, goin' home
I'm a goin' home
Quiet like, some still day
I'm a goin' home

It's not far, just close by
Through an open door
Work all done, care laid by
Goin' to fear no more

Mother's there, 'spectin' me
Father's waitin', too
Lots of folks gathered there
All the friends I knew
Posted:  15 Aug 2006 04:38
I cannot say how much I appreciate the choice of lyrics and the informal discussion of this piece.  It truly is a profound melody.  I was asked to play it next Saturday for a memorial service, and the discussion of its use was very meaningful and touching.  Thank you all, and you especially, Steve, if you ever see this anymore.

Barbara in Michigan
Posted:  17 Aug 2006 00:53
kathleen battle sings a beautiful version of this ..........
Posted:  17 Aug 2006 01:07
kathleen battle sings a magical version of this song if you like jazz
Posted:  26 Aug 2006 23:07
My dad has recently died & this hymn could of been written for him. I miss him so much already, and dont know how Im going to cope at his funeral nxt week. I thank my brother for finding this truly meaningful hymn.
Posted:  29 Aug 2006 22:56   Last Edited By: steveliu
You will survive through the love and protection that only comes from above.  We love and it's ahrd to let go, but through it, if you have faith, and hold out your hand - God will be there to wipe away the tears, because he promised never to leave us without a comforter.

God Bless You.
Posted:  03 Sep 2006 22:10
I've just used this for a funeral and found a new version by a singer called Cecilia on an album 'the healing voice' - a superb recording for a funeral, slow and ethereal.
Posted:  14 Sep 2006 10:08
Dear all - the melody to Going Home is an old Scottish folk tune - all bagpipers in Scotland play it - it obviously made it's way to the new world (and the Scots-Irish influenced south) and American  lyrics set to it (perhaps by slaves).
Posted:  22 Sep 2006 16:57
Dear Steve,

I had been exposed to this beautiful negro spiritual dirge as a child of just six years old. Now at 62 years old the memories of loss come flooding back with each line I sing. You made an Old Man happy.

It brought tears to my eyes and a lump to my throat.

I cannot thank you enough for filling the awful chasm in my heart of my Son, Dad and Mom.
At their funerals some 40years, 25years and 23years ago respectively I was trying so hard to remember the words that I had learned as a wee boy in England.

Thanx,  Mike Wilson Southampton, PA
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