sundayinthemountains.com It is fascinating how songs (including hymns) can take on a life their own, transcending time and place. This hymn was written by Charles Albert Tindley, the son of slaves. He is considered one of the founding fathers of American Gospel music.
How it ended up being sung in Ashe County, NC, is anybody's guess. Reta Winebarger, who performs it here, learned this version from her mother, which is a little bit different than the original hymn written by Tindley. Reta believes that her mother learned it from her mother. Where Reta's grandmother learned it . . . nobody knows.