Heaven's a Long Way Off

DESCRIPTION: "This world is all so dark and cold, That' I've been a long time mourning, But the streets of heaven are paved with gold, Its light is upon me dawning. But heaven's a long way off (x3) And I've been a long time mourning." The singer warns of the grave
AUTHOR: unknown ("arranged" by Septimus Winner)
EARLIEST DATE: 1882 (The Song Wave)
KEYWORDS: religious nonballad warning
FOUND IN: US
REFERENCES (1 citation):
ADDITIONAL: H. S. Perkins, H, J. Danforth, and E. V. DeGraff, _The Song Wave_, American Book Company, 1882, pp. 114-115, Heaven's a Great Way Off" (1 text, 1 tune)
ALTERNATE TITLES:
Heaven's a Great Way Off
NOTES: Although I have never seen a traditional collection of this, The Song Wave calls this a "Slave Camp Hymn" arranged by Septimus Winner -- who is known to have worked with other Black material. So I'm including the song, very tentatively. For more on Septimus Winner, see the notes to "Listen to the Mockingbird." - RBW
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