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The gospel train

There's a train that runs from the earth to the sky

Author: Johnson Oatman
Tune: [There's a train that runs from the earth to the sky]
Published in 3 hymnals

Printable scores: PDF, MusicXML
Audio files: MIDI

Full Text

1. There’s a train that runs from the earth to the sky,
And every one may ride if they will,
It starts from that fountain that never runs dry,
And it stops on the heavenly hill.

O sinner, get on board of the Gospel train,
For it runs straight ahead, never back;
It starts on the schedule ’midst the wind or the rain,
And it never runs off of the track.

2. There is naught to pay for a ride on this train,
For Christ has paid the fare for us all,
The poor and the needy, the blind and the lame,
Can all go, if on Christ they will call. [Refrain]

3. This train makes no noise as it runs thro’ the land,
For it travels on the roadbed of love,
Its crew is composed of a heavenly band,
And its motor pow’r is faith from above. [Refrain]

4. This train has never been wrecked on the road,
But landed all her souls in the sky;
It can take all the world at a single load,
Get on board, bid earth’s trials goodbye. [Refrain]

Source: The Cyber Hymnal #1985

Author: Johnson Oatman

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 >

Text Information

First Line: There's a train that runs from the earth to the sky
Title: The gospel train
Author: Johnson Oatman
Refrain First Line: O sinner, get on board of the gospel train



The Cyber Hymnal #1985
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