An American Southern gospel hymn, “Farther Along” roots back to an unknown author. In fact, many people claim that the tune is attributed to some personalities but fail to provide evidence that can back up their statement. This leads historians and music experts to make a stand and study the song history even further.
As of now, the oldest known print edition of the song can be found in the 1911 hymnal Select Hymns for Christian Worship and General Gospel Service. Apparently, it is attributed to “Arr. B. E. W.,” which refers to Barney Elliott Warren, an editor of hymns.
“Farther Along:” A Song About An Irony in Life
Whatever it is or whoever wrote it is not important. What matters most is its message that may extract some reflection from its listeners. Behind its simple title is a meaningful message.
“Farther Along” deals with a Christian’s disappointment at a seemingly unfair situation. It instigates the prosperity of the wicked and the suffering of the righteous.
While many of us would agree with this statement, the hymn further reveals that the truth behind this irony will soon be unraveled.
Furthermore, “Farther Along” is substantially an encouraging song. Its characteristic appeals to those who feel disheartened after experiencing the contrast between the suffering of the good and the fortune of the wicked. In a world where this is what most of us are experiencing, we tend to ask God why we’re put in such a crisis. However, let us remind ourselves that God has a purpose and a better plan for His people. We may not feel it as instant as we want to but everything takes its time. Just learn to be patient and wait. God moves in times we don’t expect.
Here’s a part of the hymn:
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
Farther along we’ll know all about it
Farther along we’ll understand why
Cheer up my brother live in the sunshine
We’ll understand it all by and by
LISTEN to The Trio’s (Dolly Parton, Linda Rondstadt, Emmylou Harris) rendition of this poignant gospel hymn, “Farther Along:”
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Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris, Farther Along, Linda Ronstadt