This song was written by Linda Stalls, and was recorded by the Hoppers… included on their album, Classics: Live in Greenville.
The Hoppers are a family ensemble which first began performing together in 1957. They appeared at the inauguration ceremony for Ronald Reagan in 1981. They won awards for Mixed Vocal Group at the Southern Gospel Music Awards in 1982 and 1983. The group has appeared on the Gaither Homecoming tour frequently, and Claude and Dean Hopper are members of the board of directors of the North Carolina Gospel Music Hall of Fame.
The group roster in 2000 consisted of Kim Hopper – soprano; Connie Hopper – alto; Dean Hopper – lead; Claude Hopper – baritone; Mike Hopper – bass, drums; and
Denice Hopper – piano.
I first heard the Hoppers only recently, and listened back to some of their older songs. This is one I enjoyed.
This song imagines that day when we meet Jesus… either at our death or at His Second Coming.
Bible Reference… 1Thessalonians 4:13-18
One of these days I’m gonna leave; one of these days I’m going home.
I’m gonna take my final journey; I’m gonna rest ‘neath Heaven’s blue dome.
Stepping on the clouds, we’ll see Jesus… rise to meet Him in the air.
Stepping on the clouds, He will greet us; oh, the joy together we’ll share.
I’m gonna leave this world behind me, going where the devil cannot find me;
I’m going higher, higher, higher… stepping on the clouds.
Going past the moon, the stars, and the planets; I’m gonna walk on the Milky Way.
When old Gabriel gives the signal, I’m gonna leave for Heaven to stay. (CHORUS 3x)