Somewhere Tonight

Somewhere, ah, yes, somewhere, in anguish and tears

Author: John M. Whyte
Tune: [Somewhere, ah! yes, somewhere, in anguish and tears]
Published in 6 hymnals

Audio files: MIDI

Representative Text

1 Somewhere, ah! yes, somewhere, in anguish and tears,
A mother looks back o'er the flight of the years,
When bright as the morning, and pure as the dew,
The child of her love in his innocence grew.

Somewhere tonight, somewhere tonight,
The child of her love wanders somewhere tonight;
O wandering boy, she's pleading for you tonight;
“Come home, my child, come home;
Come home, my child, come home.

2 Somewhere, ah! yes, somewhere, fast hastening on,
In ways that are sinful, her loved one has gone;
Her wandering boy going farther astray,
Despising the prayers of his mother today. [Refrain]

3 Somewhere, ah! yes, somewhere, a pale mother stands,
And pleads with her boy, as she clasps her thin hands;
“O go not, my boy, in the ways that are wrong,
Remember, I pray for you all the night long.” [Refrain]

4 Somewhere, ah! yes, somewhere, a mother tonight,
Will pray for her boy till the dawn of the light;
Then fold her pale hands on her slow heaving breast—
The morning will find her forever at rest. [Refrain]

5 Somewhere, ah! yes, somewhere, out under the sod,
A mother lies sleeping who trusted in God;
O where is the boy that received her last kiss,
And promised his mother to meet her in bliss? [Refrain]

Source: Songs of the Century #177

Author: John M. Whyte

John M. (Marchant) Whyte. Evangelist, hymn writer, singer, b Paris, Canada West (Ontario), 8 Jun 1850, d Toronto 17 Mar 1927. He studied at the University of Toronto and devoted himself to evangelistic and temperance work. Typical of several hundred songs for which he wrote the words or the music, or both, are 'Canada Shall Yet Be Free,' 'Toronto the Good,' and 'Song of Trust.' Many songs appeared in separate editions published by Toronto News Co or Briggs. With his brother David Albert Whyte he edited Sing Out the Glad News (Briggs 1885) and Songs of Calvary (Briggs 1889). The Great Redemption (Briggs 1894), Nuggets of Gold (Briggs 1898) and Battle Songs of the Cross (1901) contain many of his own melodies. Eight of his hymns are reprinted… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Somewhere, ah, yes, somewhere, in anguish and tears
Title: Somewhere Tonight
Author: John M. Whyte
Language: English
Refrain First Line: Somewhere tonight
Copyright: Public Domain



Instances (1 - 6 of 6)

Battle Songs of the Cross #d173

Gospel Tent Hymns #d159

Nuggets of Gold #18

Songs of Calvary #d74

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Songs of the Century #177

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The Great Redemption #264

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