This song was written by George Teren and Rivers Rutherford, and was recorded as a duet by Brad Paisley & Dolly Parton… included on Paisley’s second album, Time Well Wasted. It won 2 Academy of Country Music Awards: Video of the Year & Vocal Event of the Year (and was nominated for Song of the Year). It also won a Country Music Association Award for Vocal Event of the Year and was nominated for Single and Video of the Year.
George Teren is a songwriter who has written songs for many of Country Music’s top artists.
Melvern Rivers Rutherford II is an American country music songwriter. He has been writing country songs since the mid-1990s, and has written several #1 country hits.
Brad Douglas Paisley (born October 28, 1972) is an American country music singer-songwriter. To date, he has released 10 studio albums and a Christmas compilation on the Arista Nashville label, with all of his albums certified Gold or higher by the RIAA. He has scored 32 top 10 singles on the US Billboard Country Airplay chart, 19 of which have reached #1. He set a new record in 2009 for most consecutive singles (ten) reaching the top spot on that chart.
Paisley has sold over 11 million albums and won three Grammy Awards, 14 Academy of Country Music Awards, 14 Country Music Association Awards, and two American Music Awards. He has earned country music’s crowning achievement, becoming a member of the Grand Ole Opry.
Dolly Rebecca Parton (born January 19, 1946) is an American singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, actress, author, businesswoman, and philanthropist, known primarily for her work in country music.
After achieving success as a songwriter for others, Dolly Parton made her album debut in 1967. With steady success during the remainder of the 1960s (both as a solo artist and with a series of duet albums with Porter Wagoner), her sales and chart peak came during the 1970s and continuing into the 1980s. But, in the new millennium, Parton achieved commercial success again and has released albums on independent labels since 2000, including albums on her own label, Dolly Records.
Parton is the most honored female country performer of all time: achieving 25 Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) certified Gold, Platinum, and Multi-Platinum awards, she has had 25 songs reach #1 on the Billboard country music charts, a record for a female artist (tied with Reba McEntire). She has 41 career top-10 country albums, a record for any artist, and she has 110 career charted singles over the past 40 years. She has garnered 9 Grammy Awards, 2 Academy Award nominations, 10 Country Music Association Awards, 7 Academy of Country Music Awards, 3 American Music Awards, and is one of only seven female artists to win the Country Music Association’s Entertainer of the Year Award. Parton has received 47 Grammy nominations.
In 1999, Parton was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. She has composed over 3,000 songs. She is also one of the few to have received at least one nomination from the Academy Awards, Grammy Awards, Tony Awards, and Emmy Awards.
I first heard this song at a funeral… and have heard it at many funerals since.
This song imagines what it will be like when we get to Heaven.
Bible Reference… John 14:2; Revelation 21,22
When I get where I’m going – on the far side of the sky,
the first thing that I’m gonna do is spread my wings and fly.
I’m gonna land beside a lion, and run my fingers through his mane.
Or, I might find out what it’s like to ride a drop of rain.
Yeah, when I get where I’m going, there’ll be only happy tears.
I will shed the sins and struggles I have carried all these years.
And, I’ll leave my heart wide open; I will love and have no fear.
Yeah, when I get where I’m going, don’t cry for me down here.
I’m gonna walk with my granddaddy, and he’ll match me step for step;
and I’ll tell him how I missed him every minute since he left. Then I’ll hug his neck.
So much pain and so much darkness in this world we stumble through.
All these questions I can’t answer; so much work to do…
But, when I get where I’m going, and I see my Maker’s face,
I’ll stand forever in the light of His amazing grace. (CHORUS)