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Where Could I Go?

Living below in this old sinful world

Author: J. B. Coats
Tune: [Living below in this old sinful world]
Published in 92 hymnals

Representative Text

1 Living below in this old sinful world,
Hardly a comfort can afford;
Striving alone to face temptation sore,
Where could I go but to the Lord?

Where could I go? Oh, where could I go
Seeking a refuge for my soul?
Needing a friend to save me in the end,
Where could I go but to the Lord?

2 Neighbors are kind, I love them ev’ry one,
We get along in sweet accord;
But when my soul needs manna from above,
Where could I go but to the Lord? [Refrain]

3 Life here is grand with friends I love so dear,
Comfort I get from God’s own word;
Yet when I face the chilling hand of death,
Where could I go but to the Lord? [Refrain]

Source: One Lord, One Faith, One Baptism: an African American ecumenical hymnal #543

Author: J. B. Coats

J.B. Coats was born on April 6, 1901, in Summerland, Mississippi. He attended the schools of his area and was both a student and lover of music all his life...His formal education was continued with study at Mississippi Southern College and Louisiana State University. He also studied music with Julius Rishing, J.E. and Alvis O. Thomas and T.B. Mosley. When just a lad about fourteen, he began teaching music classes and conducting evangelistic singing. Mr. Coats was a teacher in public schools most of his life...He was the composer of many loved gospel songs with "Where Could I Go" haveing been printed and sung most widely. Others of his outstanding songs are "A Wonderful Place", "My Soul Shall Live On", "I'm Winging My Way Back Home", and "T… Go to person page >



Instances (1 - 7 of 7)

African American Heritage Hymnal #432


One Lord, One Faith, One Baptism #543

Praise! Our Songs and Hymns #354

Sacred Selections for the Church #437

Page Scan

Soul-stirring Songs and Hymns (Rev. ed.) #451


Total Praise #433

Yes, Lord! #134

Include 85 pre-1979 instances
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