February 27.2015 – Story Behind “When I Get Where I’m Going” by Brad Paisley and Dolly Parton

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When I Get Where I’m Going'” was written by George Teren and Rivers Rutherford, and recorded by Brad Paisley. It was released in October 2005 as second single from his album Time Well Wasted and is his fourteenth career single. The song features harmony vocals from Dolly Parton. The song was Parton’s twenty-fifth Billboard Number One, and Paisley’s fifth.

The video of this song features footage of Paisley singing in a forest, as well as home movies of himself with his grandfather, Warren L. Jarvis. The video also features many different people holding photographs of loved ones who have presumably died. Two notable people featured in this video are Michael Reagan, who is shown holding a photograph of his father Ronald Reagan, and Teresa Earnhardt, who is shown sitting in front of a painted portrait of her husband, NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt.

In 2007, after the Virginia Tech massacre, the last slide was dedicated to those lost with the VT emblem shining brightly.

The song was nominated for a Dove Award for Country Recorded Song of the Year at the 37th GMA Dove Awards.

“When I Get Where I’m Going” reached number one on the Billboard singles chart March 4.2006

Lyrics:
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

[Chorus]
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 grand daddy
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

[Repeat chorus]

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
Yeah when I get where I’m going
There’ll be only happy tears
Hallelujah
I will love and have no fear
When I get where I’m going
Yeah when I get where I’m going

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