When I get where I'm going
On the far side of the sky
The first thing that I'm gonna do
Is spread my wings and fly
I'm gonna land beside a lion
And run my fingers through his mane
Or I might find out what it's like
To ride a drop of rain

Yeah, when I get where I'm going
There'll be only happy tears
I will shed the sins and struggles
I have carried all these years
And I'll leave my heart wide open
I will love and have no fear
Yeah, when I get where I'm going
Don't cry for me down here

I'm gonna walk with my grandaddy
And he'll match me step for step
And I'll tell him how I missed him
Every minute since he left
Then I'll hug his neck

Yeah, when I get where I'm going
There'll be only happy tears
I will shed the sins and struggles
I have carried all these years
And I'll leave my heart wide open
I will love and have no fear
Yeah, when I get where I'm going
Don't cry for me down here

So much pain and so much darkness
In this world we stumble through
All these questions I can't answer
So much work to do
But when I get where I'm going
And I see my Maker's face
I'll stand forever in the light
Of His amazing grace
Yeah when I get where I'm going
There'll be only happy tears
Hallelujah
I will love and have no fear
When I get where I'm going
Yeah, when I get where I'm going



Lyrics submitted by SouthernCowboy24

"When I Get Where I'm Going" as written by Melvern Rivers Ii Rutherford, George G. Iii Teren

Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group

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    General Comment:this song was my mom's favorite song, and sooon became my grandpa's after he herd it.

    I'm gonna walk with my grand daddy
    And he'll match me step for step
    And I'll tell him how I missed him
    Every minute since he left
    Then I'll hug his neck

    when he was little, he was very close to his dad and brother. he always called his dad papaw. but the bad thing was that they both died at a very young age.
    rebelchicon September 07, 2006   Link
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    General Comment:i lol when i think this song was released after 'alcohol'
    Nataliexoon December 17, 2005   Link
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    General Comment:i like the cs lewis/aslan allusion in the first verse. ironic with the movie out and all.
    secondbananaon December 20, 2005   Link
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    General Comment:this is poetry at its best.
    librachickon December 22, 2005   Link
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    General Comment:Yeah, I'll admit it, I ALMOST shed a tear. Great song.
    CBGB87on February 08, 2006   Link
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    General Comment:This, to me, is kind of a good poem, yet still abstract. I don't doubt the emotional impact of this song. I cry almost every time I hear it, because it renews the faith in me that God is going to take care of me when I leave this earth. I could almost say I relate to the grandfather verse, but I did not have a relationship with my grandfather before he died, unfortunately. This is definitely an emotional piece, and one of the best confrontational pieces I've seen so far. Experiencing the death of a loved one is a very psychological experience, and pieces like this one effectively confront the part of you that wants to hide all that fear, anger, depression, or what have you, inside. Poetry confronting death is some of the most emotional work I've written and read.
    zacsteron February 14, 2006   Link
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    General Comment:This song means a lot to me seing how a close friend of mine died the day after it was released. he told his wife the night befor that this song was written foir him. he left behind a wife and 3 kids
    jonathoneson March 08, 2006   Link
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    General Comment:This is an amazing song of life and loss, and love and letting go.
    Maekrixon March 11, 2006   Link
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    General Comment:Everytime I hear this song I think of my dad, even though we don't get along this is him to a tee. He has struggled alot of hardships in his life. He lost all 3 of his brothers before he turned 50. Both his parents and wife died in the same year yet he still continues on day by day. He has a lot of deamons and carries an immense amount of pain and regret on his shoulders for all of his should have's and if's. Whenever anyone asks him about how he makes it through it all he just says that the good lord blessed him with what he did have when he could have never given him any of it at all and that while he may have to suffer for some years to come right now he'll spend an eternity in bliss when he goes home to see them all again. When I hear this song it makes me cry, especially the part

    I'm gonna walk with my grand daddy
    And he'll match me step for step
    And I'll tell him how I missed him
    Every minute since he left
    Then I'll hug his neck

    he always called his dad granddaddy (the whole family did) and I know how much his dad meant to him and how much he still misses him to this day. This song just leaves me speechless.
    cursive_starson March 18, 2006   Link
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    General Comment:My brother died on April 28, 2006 (last year) in a terrible car accident. This song reminds me of the peace he has now - no more suffering, no more pain.
    "But when I get where I'm going And I see my maker's face - I'll stand FOREVER in the light
    Of his amazing grace, Yeah when I get where I'm going - There'll be only happy tears - Hallelujah -
    I will love and have no fear... When I get where I'm going, Yeah when I get where I'm going

    God bless you, Josh. I miss you - but I know I'll see you again someday...and when I do, I will hold you in my arms and give you one big heavenly hug :) Hugs to you from down here, little brother. Hugs.
    hfaith209on February 14, 2007   Link

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