On the Other Shore

"On the Other Shore" (also known as "Over Yonder" and "I Have a Mother Gone to Glory") was recorded by folk song archivist Alan Lomax in 1959. Lomax's recording was made in South Carolina with Mrs. Rebecca Jones.

On the Other Shore" has also been arranged by American composer Steven Mark Kohn.

Date: 1959Composer: TraditionalText: Traditional

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On the Other Shore
Traditional

South Carolina Version:

We have mothers over yonder,
We have mothers over yonder,
We have mothers over yonder,
Over yonder’s ocean.

Bye and bye, we’ll go and see him,
Bye and bye, we’ll go and see him,
Bye and bye, we’ll go and see him,
Over yonder’s ocean.

Won’t that be a happy meeting,
Won’t that be a happy meeting,
Won’t that be a happy meeting,
Over yonder’s ocean.

(The same pattern continues with “fathers,” “brothers,” and “sisters.”)

Lomax’s Version:

I have a mother, gone to glory,
I have a mother, gone to glory,
I have a mother, gone to glory,
On the other shore.

Bye and bye, I’ll go and see her,
Bye and bye, I’ll go and see her,
Bye and bye, I’ll go and see her,
On the other shore.

Won’t that be a happy meeting,
Won’t that be a happy meeting,
Won’t that be a happy meeting,
On the other shore.

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