Wayfaring Stranger (Runaway Slave)

by Old Man Xero

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I'm just a poor wayfaring stranger Traveling through this world below There is no sickness, no toil, nor danger In that bright world to which I go I know dark clouds will gather o'er me I know my pathway's rough and steep But golden fields lie out before me Where weary eyes no more shall weep I want to sing salvation's story in concert with the blood-washed band I want to wear a crown of glory when I get home to that good land I'm going there to see my Father I'm going there no more to roam I'm going there to see my Mother She said she'd meet me when I come I'm goin' home to see my Savior Who shed for me His precious blood I'm just a-goin' over yonder I'm just a-goin' over home This is not the time to hold it in and fade away Do it for yourself or do it for your family If you're too weak inside or think that you're just too afraid then put your knives and guns away Might as well run away Live to see another day Might as well run away I'll soon be free from every trial This form shall rest beneath the sod I'll drop the cross of self-denial And enter in that home with God I'm goin' there to see my Savior who shed for me His precious blood I'm just a-goin' over yonder I'm just a-goin' over home The Overlords will never see His 'Better Way' They wanna see us pacified and led astray You could never settle just to be a slave Cuz freedom is a risk that you'll just have to take This is not the time to hold it in and fade away Do it for yourself or do it for your family If you're too weak inside or think that you're just too afraid then put your knives and guns away Might as well run away Live to see another day Might as well run away

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According to Wikipedia, "Poor Wayfaring Stranger" is a widely covered is a well-known American folk and gospel song likely originating in the early 19th century about a plaintive soul on the journey through life. As with most folk songs, many variations of the lyrics exist and it is usually performed in Country or Traditional Folk styles. Members of the Western Writers of America chose it as one of the Top 100 Western songs of all time, but most have never heard it in electronic format. Old Man Xero employs his "Dark Pop/Electronic" style to move the spirit of the song using modern techniques and elements.

Xero says he wanted to invoke the story of his ancestors, who worked on early American Plantations, and combine their will for freedom, with the promise of Death if they were caught trying to escape their slavery.

"I imagined slaves who were close to freedom, and who tried several times to escape. The spoken word part of the song is the prescriptive thoughts of a slave, prepping himself for the run. As we know, not every slave was able to escape his bondage, and many died trying. We also must accept the high price of freedom, and adapt this mindset to our own lives if we are to overcome our struggles today. Get out of bondage, or die trying" ~ Xero

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released October 15, 2019

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