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Wandering Back

I am thinking today of the scenes of my youth

Author: A. M. Hootman
Tune: [I am thinking today of the scenes of my youth]
Published in 3 hymnals

Audio files: MIDI

Representative Text

1 I am thinking today of the scenes of my youth,
And the days that have long passed and gone;
Of the time when I played ‘round my dear mother’s knee,
When she sang me her lullaby song.

No! the days will ne’er return, when I was a boy,
The hopes of my youth fade away;
I am journ’ying along to the land of the blest,
Where the scenes of my youth ne’er decay.

2 The old house, crib and barn, are replaced by a new,
And the homestead seems strange to me now;
But my tho’ts wander back to my dear mother’s side,
Where in childhood she oft kissed my brow. [Refrain]

3 Yes, I’m gliding adown the silent stream of time,
And the ev’ning of life is at hand;
And their shadows seem to meet and gather at my feet,
Like the shells ‘mid the bright drifting sand. [Refrain]

Source: Honey Out of the Rock: a compilation of sacred songs and hymns for use in gospel meetings and other religious services #163

Author: A. M. Hootman

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Text Information

First Line: I am thinking today of the scenes of my youth
Title: Wandering Back
Author: A. M. Hootman
Refrain First Line: No! the days will never return, when I was a boy



Instances (1 - 3 of 3)
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Bilhorn's Male Chorus No. l. (Pocket ed. Columbian issue) #69

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Honey Out of the Rock #105

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Honey Out of the Rock #163

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