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Thread #13597   Message #2666790
Posted By: Q (Frank Staplin)
28-Jun-09 - 09:26 PM
Thread Name: Lyr/Chords Req: Drifting Too Far from the Shore
Subject: Lyr Add: DRIFTING TOO FAR FROM THE SHORE (Moody)
"Drifting Too Far From the Shore" was copyright 1944 by Stamps-Baxter and C. E. Moody, renewed 1972. It appeared in "Calvary Songs," Stamps-Baxter Music & Ptg. Co. The original copyright may be 1929 (when the Carolina Gospel Singers recorded it) but it is believed that Moody wrote it in 1924, when he was with the Yellow Hammers.
Does anyone know of a recording of this period and/or initial copyright information? Or have a copy of the lyrics before those of the Carolina Gospel Singers?

Words in the DT differ slightly from those in the Stamps-Baxter publication, "Heavenly Highway Hymns." It is easier to post the lyrics than to point out word differences. Of the several versions of the lyrics on the net, that of Jerry Garcia is closest to that in "H. H. H."

Lyr. Add: DRIFTING TOO FAR FROM THE SHORE
Charles Earnest Moody,
"Heavenly Highway Hymns," No. 133.

1
Out on the perilous deep
Where dangers silently creep
And storms so vi'lently sweep
You are drifting too far from shore. (the peaceful shore)

Chorus-
Drifting too far from shore,
                (the peaceful shore)
You are drifting too far from shore,
                (the peaceful shore)
Come to Jesus today, let Him show you the way,
You are drifting too far from shore
                (the peaceful shore)

2
Today the tempest rolls high
And clouds o'ershadow the sky,
Sure death is hovering nigh,
You are drifting too far from shore (the peaceful shore)

3
Why meet a terrible fate
When joys abundantly wait?
Turn back before it's too late,
You are drifting too far from shore (the peaceful shore)