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Distant Land to Roam

I remember very well
On one dark and dreary day
Just as I was leaving home
For a 5 distant land to 1 roam

Mother said (mother said)
my dear boy (my dear boy)
I hope to see you next year a 5 gain
Fare you 1 well (fare you well)
fare you well (fare you well)
So I left my dear old home
for a 5 distant land to 1 roam

Now I wandered far away
From my home I've gone astray
Now I'm coming, coming home
Never more from thee to roam

And these words she said to me
As she took me by the hand
If on earth we meet no more
May we meet at God's right hand

A song from the The ToneWay Mountain Music Collection, which offers lyrics and free Song Clips (recordings for learning the song by ear) for nearly 400 traditional songs, many of which are often heard in bluegrass and old-time jam circles. The ToneWay Project also offers songbooks, CDs, and a free online video series for learning to play music by ear.