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Poor Wayfaring Stranger is a traditional folk song of unknown origin. There are many and varied opinions as to its origin. Some of the theories include Appalachian Folk, Old Irish, and Catskills Folk. One theory is that it originates from the Negro Spirituals and there was a deliberate concealment of the songs origins. Clearly the song is of a spiritual nature as the Wayfaring Stranger sings of the hardships of his temporal life passing by and speaks of his journeying on to a better place. Regardless of its origins, it is a hauntingly beautiful piece of music.
How I love to hear my guitar accompanying Juliane Gabriel's voice...
This piece has been recorded at Berlin in July 2008, at Juliane's home... It's just a "first shot" we made... not perfect sound but quite good to my ears, due to Juliane's "wunderbar" voice !
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I am a poor, wayfaring stranger
Wandering o’er this world of woe
And there’s no sickness, toil or danger
In that bright land to which I go
I’m going home to see my father
I’m going home, no more to roam
I’m only going over Jordan
I’m only going over home

I know dark clouds will gather round me
I know my way is rough and steep
But beauteous fields lie just before me
Where men redeemed their vigil’s keep
I’m going home to see my mother
I’m going there, no more to roam
I’m only going over Jordan
I’m only going over home
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magnatone said 3383 days ago (December 12th, 2008)
Wayfaring Stranger
sigh - this is just absolutely beautiful! Juliane's voice is simply exquisite. Guitar accompaniment is sublime. Thanks you two!
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Feter said 3383 days ago (December 12th, 2008)
Wayfaring Stranger
Ahhhh ....what a gorgeous song ...aw3esome singing ..deep and spiritual ..!
really the guitar with the bass gave a real touch to the vocal to spread ..
and feel alive ...so deep so thoughtful ...thnx alot for sharin such gem !!!!
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Jean-Christophe said 3383 days ago (December 12th, 2008)
no bass !
Hehehe there's no bass here :-)
Just our two guitars... but Juliane's one is 3 half tones lower than normal and that's all the difference.
Amazing, isnt it ?

kristyjo said 3383 days ago (December 12th, 2008)
This is beautiful
Juliane's voice carries a half-concealed homesickness that gives this authenticity. The guitars give such a beautiful background, too.

Several MJers posted versions of this piece a couple of years ago, including some discussions of its background, as you mention. Being an occasional 'Sacred Harp' singer, myself, I lean towards 'White Spiritual.'
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richard13 said 3382 days ago (December 13th, 2008)
Wayfaring Stranger
This is lovely. The voice is beautiful and the guitar is delicately delightful. Very nice.

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Jean-Christophe said 3380 days ago (December 15th, 2008)
Juliane Gabriel
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blaky smith said 3379 days ago (December 16th, 2008)
good shot
for the first...
J'aime beaucoup. Elle a une superbe voix, en parfaite harmonie avec ce style de musique, parfait egalement le travail et le son des guitares acoustiques et enfin, tres jolie melodie. Bravo...
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