This song was written by Chris Christian and was recorded by the Imperials, included on their Heed the Call album.
Chris Christian began his professional music career as a performer in Nashville, Tennessee, in 1974. Through the years, he has been a performer, songwriter, publishing company executive, recording engineer, record producer, record label executive, and, ultimately, the founder and chief executive officer of his own music production and publishing companies.
The Imperials are an American Christian music group that has been active for over 50 years. Originating as a southern gospel quartet, the innovative group would become pioneers of contemporary Christian music in the 1960s. There have been many changes for the band in membership and musical styles over the years. They would go on to win 4 Grammys, and be inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame.
In Early 1976, the group (adding to Jim Murray and Armond Morales) hired baritone David Will, who would stay on for 23yrs with the group, and soulful belter Russ Taff as their new lead vocalist. The Taff-led outfit is heard on the albums Sail On, Imperials Live, Heed the Call, One More Song for You, Christmas With the Imperials, and Priority. It was during this era that the group found their biggest success, both with awards and on the charts.
I first heard the Imperials at Formosa Youth Camp as a teenager. Eddie Leslie would bring their music and would play it throughout the boys dorm.
This song speaks of Heaven… and one’s arrival there. Just think of it; that first morning of forever…
Bible Reference… John 14:2; Philippians 3:20,21; Revelation 22:1-5.
Play, my friend David, play upon your harp, and let your music fill the skies.
Join in their Jubil’, play upon your flute, and give those angels a reason to fly.
Sing with your spirits, hum with your hearts, and make that music in your soul;
Clap your hands, stomp your feet, and raise your hands,
Sing on out when the trumpet starts to blow!
There’ll be a great jubilation… the longest celebration
that all of Heaven’s ever seen!
And I can’t wait ‘til that first mornin’ in Heaven;
over and over and over and over and over and over again!
Get all those hymnals turned and ready;
we’re gonna sing every song in that book!
We’re gonna sing so loud; we’re gonna sing so long;
all the angels will be singin’ along.
Open up those pearly gates; shine those golden streets;
we’re gonna be singin’ in your town.
Tune up all those instruments; it won’t be very long
before we’ll all be gatherin’ around. (CHORUS)