Wayfaring Stranger


                        Wayfaring Stranger

Bever's Christian Songster, 1858            Mandolin tablature by
                                         Elizabeth T. Knuth, 2001
                                         
Key: A minor
Not too slow.  Tempo about 140.
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           I  am   a     poor                   way-far-ing

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stranger                While trav'ling

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 through                This world of
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   woe,                  Yet there's no
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  sick          -       ness, toil or

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  danger                 in that bright

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  world                  to which I

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  go.                    I'm  go-ing
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  there                  to  see my
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  fa - ther.             He said he'd
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  meet                   me when  I
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  come.                  I'm on - ly
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   go          -         ing  o-ver

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  Jor-dan ;              I'm  on-ly

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   go          -         ing  o-ver

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   home.

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==                    TABLATURE EXPLANATION                    ==
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By request. It's even in the same key as several guitar tabs out there for this song.

The top notes are the melody.

"Wayfaring Stranger" was published in 1858 at the latest, but before that it was already a folk song in Appalachia. Burl Ives popularized it in the early 1960s. Emmylou Harris had a hit on the country charts with her 1980 version, from her album Roses in the Snow. Words and music are in the public domain worldwide, although this arrangement is mine.

If you like, you can hear a MIDI file of "Wayfaring Stranger".


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