Just a Closer Walk with Thee
Jimmie Rodgers Lyrics


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Chorus: Just a closer walk with Thee,
Grant it, Jesus, is my plea,
Daily walking close to Thee,
Let it be, dear Lord, let it be.

V.1.
I am weak but Thou art strong.
Jesus, keep me from all wrong.
I'll be satisfied as long
As I walk, let me walk close to Thee.

V.2.
Thro' this world of toil and snares,
If I falter, Lord, who cares?
Who with me my burden shares?
None but Thee, dear Lord, none but Thee.

V.3.
When my feeble life is o'er,
Time for me will be no more.




Guide me gently, safely o'er
To they Kingdom's shore, to thy shore.

Overall Meaning

"Just a Closer Walk with Thee" is a hymn that speaks of the desire to remain close to God in our daily lives. The opening chorus declares the singer's plea for a closer walk with Jesus. The singer declares his weakness in comparison with the strength of Jesus, and asks to be kept from wrongdoing.


Verse two mentions the obstacles of life and the dangers lurking in the midst of the world, they pray for help, because they cannot bear the burdens alone. Only Jesus can do that for them.


The final verse is a prayer asking for guidance into the afterlife when their "feeble life" is over. They're asking to be led gently and safely to the Kingdom's doors.


Overall, the message of the song is that closeness to God is the key to happiness, and that only He can provide peace and guidance through the challenges of life.



Line by Line Meaning

Chorus: Just a closer walk with Thee,
All I ask is to be closer to you, Jesus


Grant it, Jesus, is my plea,
Please grant me this request, Jesus


Daily walking close to Thee,
I want to walk with you every day, Jesus


Let it be, dear Lord, let it be.
Please make it happen, Lord


V.1. I am weak but Thou art strong.
I am not strong, but you are, Lord


Jesus, keep me from all wrong.
Please keep me from doing anything wrong


I'll be satisfied as long
As long as I have you, Lord


As I walk, let me walk close to Thee.
Please let me walk with you, Lord


V.2. Thro’ this world of toil and snares,
This world is full of hard work and difficulties


If I falter, Lord, who cares?
If I stumble, who will help me, Lord?


Who with me my burden shares?
Who will help me carry my burdens?


None but Thee, dear Lord, none but Thee.
Only you, Lord, can help me


V.3. When my feeble life is o’er,
When my weak life is finished


Time for me will be no more.
I will have no more time


Guide me gently, safely o’er
Please guide me safely


To thy Kingdom’s shore, to thy shore.
To your kingdom, Lord




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GarethInSA

Never could get enough of Jimmie's music. He was very popular in Australia.

sutonchef

JIMMY WAS AND IS ONE OF THE BEST ALL TIME ROCK AND ROLL ERA SINGERS WHO SANG FOR THE LORD

lawrence willard

Not a buyer of records, BUT did buy this one, wore it out. Sprayed water on it to mute the hiss and crackle in later years. Fantastic singer, all from his heart.

Lloyd Marion

Thanks for posting this. I always loved Jimmie's voice and I still have about 20 of his single 45s and two LPs. Although I am not tremendously religious, I LOVE this rendition of this great hymn!

Michael Walker

I first heard this song as a teenager and I still love it fifty years on. Jimmie Rodgers was very special.

whatzerface929

Beautiful, incredible voice.

Christina Douglas

I loved this song the first time I heard it back in the 60s He truly is a great singer I am so glad I have found his music here. Thank You

J

Hello Christina, how's everything going with you?

Roger Huff

@Christina Douglas my pleasure thank you and god bless

Les Bonnick

This song brings me to tears. My mother requested this for her funeral

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