- (Posted 2022-07-23) CPDL #70109:
- Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2022-07-23). Score information: A5, 2 pages, 43 kB Copyright: CPDL
- Edition notes: Transcribed from Soul Echoes, 1909. All four stanzas included.
Title: A Better Home
First Line: Ever since I have been
Composer: Charles Albert Tindley
Lyricist: Charles Albert Tindley
Number of voices: 4vv Voicing: SATB
Genre: Sacred, Hymn
First published: 1901
2nd published: 1909 in Soul Echoes, Edition 2, no. 10
3rd published: 1916 in New Songs of Paradise, Edition 1, no. 22
Description: A gospel hymn.
Original text and translations
1. Ever since I have been
Living in this world of sin,
I have had trials almost every day.
Always something, more or less,
To destroy my happiness,
And this is how I’ve come all the way.
I have started out to find a better home,
Where the trials of this world can never come.
There with relatives and friends,
I shall be so happy then
In the presence of the Lord all the time.
2. It was when I was young
I began to think upon
My condition as a sinner unsaved;
And at once made up my mind,
While I had sufficient time,
I would bow on my knees and pray.
3. When I realized I had
Found the Lord, I was so glad,
For I thought all my trials would be done;
That my way would always be
One continuous jubilee,
But I found out my trials had just begun.
4. Old Satan tried to get
Me to live a hypocrite,
And to only have an outward form.
He said time had changed the way,
And in this enlightened day
To do what-e’er you please is no harm.