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This month's Free Tablature is
"Higher Ground"
Johnson Oatman (lyrics); Charles Gabriel (music) - 1898




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This month's  tab is an arrangement of a hymn "Higher Ground", written in 1898 by Johnson Oatman, Jr.  Oatman was born in Medford, NJ in 1856 to parents who were devout Christians.   The senior Johnson Oatman was a much sought-after gospel singer at regional churches and camp meetings, and the younger Oatman strove to match his father's success.   When he realized that he was not blessed with same rich voice of his father, Oatman Jr turned to the clergy to find his niche, and became an ordained minister in the Methodist Episcopal Church.   But he quickly learned that was not exactly his calling, either, and never wound up pastoring his own church. 

At the age of 36, he tried his hand at hymn-writing, and the verses started pouring out of him.   He wound up writing the words to over 5,000 hymns in his lifetime.   Among his most well-known works that are still sung today are "No Not One", "The Hallelujah Side", "Count Your Blessings", and "Higher Ground". 

 Oatman submitted his hymn lyrics to various publishers of Christian music to be paired with tunes.   One of those was the Rodeheaver Publishing Company, whose music editor at the time was Charles H. Gabriel.   Gabriel wound up writing the music for many of Oatman's hymns.  When Rodeheaver tried to pay Oatman for some of his hymns, he would never accept more than $1 for any of his texts, saying that was his way of fulfilling his calling.  In later years, Homer Rodeheaver became the music director for the Billy Sunday evangelistic campaigns, and used many of the songs from his publishing company as part of those camp meetings.  "Higher Ground" became one of the most popular hymns sung at those meetings, and soon spread around the country.

Here is a link to a YouTube video of the song recorded by Iris DeMent as a duet with her mother.

This is a 2-part arrangement (melody and bass), so find a playing partner and enjoy!




I'm pressing on the upward way
New heights I'm gaining every day;
Still praying as I'm onward bound,
"Lord, plant my feet on higher ground."

Lord, lift me up and let me stand,
By faith, on heaven's table land,
A higher plane than I have found;
Lord, plant my feet on higher ground.

My heart has no desire to stay
Where doubts arise and fears dismay;
Though some may dwell where these abound,
My prayer, my aim, is higher ground.

I want to live above the world,
Though Satan's darts at me are hurled;
For faith has caught the joyful sound,
The song of saints on higher ground.

I want to scale the utmost height
And catch a gleam of glory bright;
But still I'll pray till heaven I've found,
"Lord, lead me on to higher ground."









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