1 Just over the ocean is our home on high,
Where we all will gather and rest by and by;
We’ve a mansion far above the vaulted dome,
We shall soon be over, we are almost home.
We are almost home, we are almost home;
Just a few more trials, just a few more tears;
Just a few more troubles, just a few more fears;
Then we’ll cast the anchor, never more to roam;
We will soon be over, we are almost home,
We are almost home.
2 Our house is all ready in the promised land;
It was built and modeled by the Lord’s own hand;
He will lead us over when this life is o’er,
Where beneath its portals we will rest evermore. [Refrain]
3 The road has been weary, and the way been long,
But our hearts are cheery with the Lord’s own song;
See, the lights are gleaming o’er the ocean foam,
And our joy is beaming, we are almost home. [Refrain]
4 Our dear ones are watching as we near the shore,
How we long to join them, to part never more;
Thro’ the golden city with them we will roam;
Don’t you hear the singing? We are almost home. [Refrain]
Johnson Oatman, Jr., son of Johnson and Rachel Ann Oatman, was born near Medford, N. J., April 21, 1856. His father was an excellent singer, and it always delighted the son to sit by his side and hear him sing the songs of the church.
Outside of the usual time spent in the public schools, Mr. Oatman received his education at Herbert's Academy, Princetown, N. J., and the New Jersey Collegiate Institute, Bordentown, N. J. At the age of nineteen he joined the M.E. Church, and a few years later he was granted a license to preach the Gospel, and still later he was regularly ordained by Bishop Merrill. However, Mr. Oatman only serves as a local preacher.
For many years he was engaged with his father in the mercantile business at Lumberton… Go to person page >
Display Title: We Are Almost HomeFirst Line: Just over the ocean is our home on highTune Title: [Just over the ocean is our home on high]Author: Johnson Oatman, Jr.Source: Songs of Love and Praise No. 2, by Henry Gilmour et al. (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: John J. Hood, 1895), number 122