Country4you

When I Get Where I’m Going

Roy Skjellaug

Låtskrivare: Rivers Sutherland / George Teren (2005); Artister: Brad Paisley + Dolly Parton (2005), Covers ¹);
Album: Brad Paisley  ‘Time Well Wasted’ (2005). Countrylistan: #1 den 4 mars 2006

När låtskrivaren Rivers Rutherford var tio år gammal var han sjuk en söndag så han och pappan stannade hemma från kyrkan. De tittade på en predikan på TV istället. Mitt i predikan kom det in en man i karate-dräkt och attackerade prästen. Men det dröjde inte länge innan läget var under kontroll så prästen lugnade ner sig med att dricka lite vatten och så suckade han och sa till församlingen:

‘I wouldn’t worry for a minute. I know where I’m going, and I can’t wait to get there. The Bible says that the lion will lay down with the lamb. Can you imagine what it would be like to lay down with a lion and run your fingers through its mane?’

25 år senare kommer Rivers ihåg hela händelsen och skrev låten tillsammans med George Teren

When I get where I’m going
On the far side of the sky
The first thing that I’m gonna do
Is spread my wings and fly
I’m gonna land beside a lion
And run my fingers through his mane
Or I might find out what it’s like
To ride a drop of rain

Yeah, when I get where I’m going
There’ll be only happy tears
I will shed the sins and struggles
I have carried all these years
And I’ll leave my heart wide open
I will love and have no fear
Yeah, when I get where I’m going
Don’t cry for me down here

I’m gonna walk with my grandaddy
And he’ll match me step for step
And I’ll tell him how I missed him
Every minute since he left
And then I’ll hug his neck

Yeah, when I get where I’m going
There’ll be only happy tears
I will shed the sins and struggles
I have carried all these years
And I’ll leave my heart wide open
I will love and have no fear
Yeah, when I get where I’m going
Don’t cry for me down here

So much pain and so much darkness
In this world we stumble through
All these questions I can’t answer
So much work to do

But when I get where I’m going
And I see my Maker’s face
I’ll stand forever in the light
Of His amazing grace
Yeah when I get where I’m going
Oh when I get where I’m going
There’ll be only happy tears
Hallelujah
I will love and have no fear
When I get where I’m going
Yeah, when I get where I’m going

¹) Några enstaka coverversioner med kristna artister finns. Låten var nominerad till 6 olika priser och vann tre