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I Am Bound for the Promised Land

This song is by Alfred G. Karnes and appears on the compilation The Music of Kentucky: Early American Rural Classics 1927-1937, Volume 1 (1995) and on the compilation American Epic: The Collection (2017).

On Jordan's stormy banks I stand
And cast a wishful eye
To Canaan's fair and happy land
Where my possessions lie

I'm bound for the promised land
I'm bound for the promised land
Oh, who will come and go with me?
I'm bound for the promised land

All those wide, extended plains
Shines one eternal day
There God the Son forever reigns
And scatters night away

I'm bound for the promised land
I'm bound for the promised land
Oh, who will come and go with me?
I'm bound for the promised land

No chilling winds, no poisonous breath
Can reach that healthful shore
Sickness and sorrow, pain and death
Are felt and feared no more

I'm bound for the promised land
I'm bound for the promised land
Oh, who will come and go with me?
I'm bound for the promised land

When shall I reach that heavenly place
And be forever blessed?
When shall I see my Father's face
And in His bosom rest?

I'm bound for the promised land
I'm bound for the promised land
Oh, who will come and go with me?
I'm bound for the promised land

Filled with delight, my raptured soul
Would ever longer stay
Though Jordan's winds around me roar
There bliss alone shall weigh

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Written by:

Alfred Karnes

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