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September 24

Another Rendition of “Farther Along” by Parton, Harris and Ronstadt

We notice that sometimes life is unfair. The wicked people, the ones who hurt innocent ones, the rich are the ones who are always blessed or are lucky enough in life. However, the good ones, the people who work hard are the ones always experiencing hardships in life. They are the ones always being beaten down and life becomes unfair to them. The question is why is it like that? Why are the good ones always experiencing the worst in life while the wicked ones are being recognized or blessed?

The Meaning of the Song “Farther Along”

“Farther Along” is a gospel song that speaks about living a life where the wicked are being blessed and the good ones suffering all the time. However, in the song, it assures us that even though the good ones are not experiencing the goodness in life like the wicked, it is just fine. The righteous will experience a beautiful life sooner or later and they will all be rewarded for their goodness. The good ones will be in heaven, a place that is better than here on earth. This is what the song wants us to know. Even the Bible comforts the righteous that everything will be fine.

“But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed. “Do not fear their threats; do not be frightened.” -1 Peter 3:14

“Farther Along”

The song “Farther Along” is an old gospel song written way back that the author of the song is not known exactly. However, it was credited to a preacher known as W.B. Stephen when he said that he was the one who wrote the song. It became popular that various artists such as Hank Williams, Glen Campbell, Elvis Presley, Roy Acuff, and many more recorded a rendition of this song.

Dolly Parton, Linda Ronstadt, and Emmylou Harris’ Version

Another notable version of this was from the country singers Dolly Parton, Linda Ronstadt, and Emmylou Harris. The three collaborated together to release their album Trio in 1987. The song “Farther Along” was rearranged by Emmylou Harris and John Starling. The album reached No. 1 on the Billboard Top Country Albums and No. 6 on the Billboard 200. In addition, the album was nominated for Album of the Year. They won in 1988 the Grammy for Country Performance by a Duo or Group Vocal.

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Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris, Farther Along, gospel, Linda Ronstadt


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