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When I Leave This World Behind

(Bob Nolan)

 

Sing along with the Sons of the Pioneers

 

Swing low, sweet chariot, comin' for to carry me home....

 

I hear them callin’  Where ya goin’?   Straight to heaven. 

How ya gonna get there?   Ride a chariot

 Where ya goin’ when you leave this world behind?

I’m goin’ home when I leave this world behind.

 

I’ll see old Gabriel a-standin’ with his trumpet in his hand.

He heaves a mighty blow.

Good Lord, it sounds like thunder and it isn’t any wonder

That we couldn’t stand his racket here below.

 

I hear them callin’  Where ya goin’?   Straight to heaven. 

How ya gonna get there?   Ride a chariot

 Where ya goin’ when you leave this world behind?

I’m goin’ home when I leave this world behind.

 

I see the angels a-standin’ there around the pearly gates.

What a welcome that will be

Great day, come on and get me, take your time but please do let me

Do my shoutin’ when I enter Galilee.

 

And there’ll be old Father Moses with his record book in hand,

Checkin’ every good and evil deed.

He’ll hand you all a lickin’ for every stolen chicken

And a one-way ticket down full speed.

 

I hear them callin’  Where ya goin’?   Straight to heaven. 

How ya gonna get there?   Ride a chariot

 Where ya goin’ when you leave this world behind?

I’m goin’ home (I'm goin' home) when I leave this world behind.

 

Oh, Mr. Moses, please forget to read on page a hundred three

I didn’t mean to do it, don’t you know.

Oh Lord, if you report me the devil’s gonna court me

And the climate’s most unusual there below.

 

Oh, all you sinners, you’d better try and keep your record clean

Till the day they call that heavenly roll

‘Cause there’ll be old man Satan with his hot pitchfork a-waitin’

And an extra one for you to shovel coal.

 

I hear them callin’  Where ya goin’?   Straight to heaven. 

How ya gonna get there?   Ride a chariot

 Where ya goin’ when you leave this world behind?

I’m goin’ home when I leave this world behind.

When I leave this world behind.

 

 

 

 

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For permission to record Bob Nolan's music, contact: The Songwriter’s Guild of America