June 6

Be Sure to be Headed to “Where the Soul of Man Never Dies”

Be Sure to be Headed to "Where the Soul of Man Never Dies" 1
Tony Rice and Ricky Skaggs | Photo credit: Youtube

No one is exempted from death. When our time comes, we will leave this world and bring nothing with us. But the more important thing to ask is, “Where are we headed to after death? Is there a ‘better’ place waiting for us somewhere?” To answer this question, we need to go back to what the Scripture is saying on this,

For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works so that no one can boast (Ephesians 2:8-9).   

The Bible is very clear. Our destiny after death depends on God’s saving grace through faith. With faith being a must, we are then compelled to work on its continued growth and development while we are still alive. There are many ways we can nurture our faith in Christ including building an ongoing and healthy relationship with Him, constant communication through prayers, and reading the Bible.

In addition, filling our souls with inspiring hymns and gospel songs would also help in cultivating our spiritual life. With that said, let’s look into this motivating song called “Where the Soul of Man Never Dies.” The song is just another example of the many hymns we’ve already featured here on Country Thang Daily with the theme of heaven.

A Few Facts of the Hymn

The words and music to the hymn “Where the Soul of Man Never Dies” came from William M. Golden. He was also the first one to record it on April 18, 1928. The hymn was set to the tune of “To Canaan’s Land I’m on My Way” which also serves as its opening line. Generally, this song radiates both happiness and hope. Just try listening to or even singing it and you’ll feel how powerfully it moves you. As it portrays heaven, apparently, everything listed on each line is truly delightful. It’s a great source of encouragement for us to pursue a journey that’s headed to that place where our soul will live for eternity. The refrain goes,

Dear friends, there’ll be no sad farewells,
There’ll be no tear dimmed eyes,
Where all is peace and joy and love,
And the soul of man never dies.

After Golden’s release, many more artists, gospel and non-gospel music singers alike, performed and recorded the hymn. Among the country music stars who got involved in the singing of this song include Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, The Chuck Wagon Gangand Tony Rice and Ricky Skaggs.

Below is a live performance of the hymn by Rice and Skaggs.

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Ricky Skaggs, Tony Rice, Where the Soul of Man Never Dies, William M. Golden

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