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We had a practice session for an upcoming church service and this is a recording of one of my favorites written by Charles Moody, one of eight children born on October 8, 1891.
"The list of artists who have recorded “Drifting Too Far From the Shore” reads like a Who’s Who of bluegrass and early country gospel. Curiously, Charles W. Moody himself never got the chance to record it. First to commit the song to a record were the Carolina Gospel Singers on September 27, 1929, in Richmond, Indiana, for the Gennett label. Those who followed suit includes The Monroe Brothers, Porter Wagner, Hank Williams, Carl Story, Jerry Garcia, Boone Creek, Pure Prairie League, Old & In the Way, Tennessee Ernie Ford, Bill Monroe, Rose Maddox, the Country Gentlemen, Roy Acuff, Red Smiley, Don Stover, The Stanley Brothers and Emmylou Harris, as well as Helen, June and Anita Carter." - source Native Ground
I sing the lead on this version. I'm including the words so you can sing along. Recorded in the key of D,
Out on the perilous deep, Where dangers silently creep, And storms so violently sweep, You are drifting too far from the shore. (Chorus) Drifting too far from the shore, You are drifting too far from the shore (peaceful shore), Come to Jesus today, let him show you the way, You are drifting too far from the shore. Today the tempest rolls high, And the clouds overshadow the sky, Sure death is hovering nigh, You are drifting too far from the shore. (Chorus) Why meet a terrible fate, Mercies abundantly wait, Turn back before it’s too late, You are drifting too far from the shore. (Chorus)