The Wonderful City
Jimmie Rodgers Lyrics


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I'm waiting watching and longing
That beautiful sight to behold
When I shall awake some bright morning
In that city where streets are bright gold

My savior has gone to see Paris
For all to accept his grace
And that's how I know I'll be welcome
To a home in that wonderful place

When I reach my home in that city
Shall I find you waiting up there
With the saints who have gone on before us
To that beautiful home so fair

My whole heart is set up on heaven
Where my savior shall see
And live in the light of his glory
For all eternity

He bids us to work in his vineyard
To toil for him early and late
What a glorious reward or our labor
To enter that beautiful gate

When I reach my home in that city
Shall I find you waiting up there
With the saints who have gone on before us
To that beautiful home so fair

My whole heart is set up on heaven
Where my savior shall see




And live in the light of his glory
For all eternity

Overall Meaning

The lyrics of Jimmie Rodgers's song "The Wonderful City" convey a deep longing for a place of eternal beauty and salvation. The singer is waiting and watching, yearning for the day when they will awaken in a city where the streets are made of pure gold. The mention of the savior going to Paris suggests that he is spreading his message of grace to the world, and this gives the singer confidence that they will be welcomed into a home in this wonderful place.


The song speaks of reaching one's true home in this city and wonders if others will be waiting there, specifically mentioning the saints who have gone before. This suggests a belief in the afterlife and the idea of reuniting with loved ones in a beautiful and fair home. The singer's whole heart is set on reaching heaven and being in the presence of their savior, living in the light of his glory for eternity.


Overall, "The Wonderful City" is a song that expresses the hope and faith in a heavenly paradise, where there is beauty, a sense of belonging, and the joy of being with loved ones and the savior.


Line by Line Meaning

I'm waiting watching and longing
I am patiently anticipating and yearning with great eagerness


That beautiful sight to behold
The remarkable and awe-inspiring view that awaits


When I shall awake some bright morning
At the moment I wake on a glorious day


In that city where streets are bright gold
In the heavenly city where the roads illuminate with radiant gold


My savior has gone to see Paris
My savior has traveled to witness Paris


For all to accept his grace
So that everyone can receive and embrace his divine favor


And that's how I know I'll be welcome
Hence, I am certain of my warm reception


To a home in that wonderful place
To a dwelling in that marvelous location


When I reach my home in that city
Upon arriving at my abode in that celestial city


Shall I find you waiting up there
Will I discover your presence eagerly anticipating me


With the saints who have gone on before us
Alongside the holy individuals who have preceded us


To that beautiful home so fair
To that exquisitely lovely and just abode


My whole heart is set up on heaven
My complete being is focused on attaining heaven


Where my savior shall see
Where my savior shall witness and experience


And live in the light of his glory
And dwell in the brilliance of his magnificence


For all eternity
Throughout all perpetuity


He bids us to work in his vineyard
He commands us to labor diligently under his guidance


To toil for him early and late
To exert ourselves for him both day and night


What a glorious reward for our labor
Such an incredibly splendid recompense for our efforts


To enter that beautiful gate
To gain entry through that magnificent entrance




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Comments from YouTube:

@brendaprestage434

My dad's 91 and he loves this song. he love Jimmy Rodgers and he plays the guitar and sounds just like him and yodels just like him.I love to hear my dad sing.I'm going to have to find this song for him.he loves MR Jimmy Rodgers.

@rainymctrixie1

Love me some Sara. Jimmy great as well.

@italojalmeida

very beautiful song

@judylear3237

Thanks for posting...I didn't know that Jimmie sang with any of The Carter family...great old religious song...

@steveendicott1855

Sure,they were known as the Big Bang of Country Music! They all started together!

@Waynedog1

I love it <3

@peggymarsheck4926

Is this the recording when Maybelle Carter played the guitar leads because Jimmie was too weak to play?

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