Carter Family, The - Gospel Ship Lyrics




I'm going to take a trip in that old gospel ship
I'm a-going far beyond the sky
I'm gonna shout and sing till heaven rings
When I hid this world goodbye

I have good news to bring, and that is why I sing
All my joys with you I'll share
I'm going to take a trip in that old gospel ship
And go sailing through the air

I can scarcely wait, I know I won't be late
I'll spend my time in prayer
And when the ship comes in, I'll leave this world of sin
And go sailing through the air

If you are ashamed of me, you ought not to be
Yes, you'd better have a care
If too much fault you find, you will sure be left behind
While I'm sailing through the air





Other Lyrics by Artist

Rand Lyrics

Carter Family, The Gospel Ship Comments
  1. Monique Johnson

    I have been looking for this version, and I've finally found it! So happy! 😊

  2. Jody Whelan

    We have to get back to this type of living.

  3. T Beav

    I'd like to get my hands on the 47 people who didn't like this song.

  4. Joy Mayo

    Blue grass GOSPEL showcase in nashville 1st fri in November at T.T.T

  5. jeremy debraccio

    I think dislikes are done by bots or something. I dont think people actually down vote things like this

  6. MissTaj C

    Bastard out of Carolina (movie) had me search this song. I like it alot

    David Meyer

    Me too! Bone and Aunt Ruth sing it on the porch.

  7. jeremy debraccio

    Agnostic. But this is why music exists.

    jeremy debraccio

    @phwarg cuz those are all human. We made it all up. Imagine a planet with life made of gas. That look like story high jellyfish. Their god isnt a white man.
    Then a planet with.... iron plants. I cant come up with examples that really encompass the vastness and that arent earth-centric. And the divine is universal. And was.

  8. NOMADdaf

    Love that old "crater scratch" ! and Mother Maybelle.

  9. Jamues Turner

    My dad taught me how to play all the carter family songs and we would play and sing them together when I was 7 years old I'm 55 now but now when I hear them or break out the guitar my dad left behind I feel like I'm 7 years old again

  10. 78 Spinner

    What a wonderful record. Thank you for posting it along with the lyrics!

  11. Tina Morgan

    Wow this is so so awsum to me. I love this song and the ones here singing it that have gone on before, Oh how I wish times were like they were in those days. They had troubles just like we do but they had such grounded faith and had such prayers to help them make it. They loved one another everyone was poor and I the same shape back then.

  12. RyeRod Homestead

    This song was written by Bro. William Sowders.

  13. R Weigler

    I absolutely love this old music. I was raised on this and did not appreciate it when I was growing up. It means so much to me now...

  14. r Richards

    Wonderful song! Thanks for sharing!

  15. Jeremy Marshall

    So, think about it, recorded music and radio stations began to flourish in the 1920s. Black people and white people alike bought records and listened to the radio. Few people remained distinctly "pure" in their tastes. Ray Charles and Taj Mahal confessed their love of country music, Charley Pride made a career of it. Similarly Jimmie Rodgers and the Carter Family were very much influenced by "the blues", and said so.

    jimmy page

    Now we have a bunch of dumb assed white kids under the age of 20 who can't hear melodies because they've been listening to rap their whole lives. The white kids will never be able to appreciate old white music they cant hear the melodies and harmonies. Am I right?

    alan4sure

    They like rap because it takes no musical ability as it is merely recitation, but regardless, the clueless followers think they themselves have musical ability because they rap. LOL

    Elwood McGuire

    page you're wrong. Maybe the kids you spend your time around are so shallow, but that's an issue you have to tend to for yourself. You'd hang a generation if you could even manage to give them some rope. Not every twenty something is hooked on formulaic garbage. Some forty to seventy somethings are as guilty. In fact, it may be proven that some of those were the very setters of the boring, uncultured, rotting trends that are alive and resurgent in the very generation you seek to suffocate with accusations of unworthiness or inability.

    Elwood McGuire

    Your mindset, in short, is a more real problem and detriment than the illusions of ignorance you think you're addressing. Even in those cases where you're right, would it be better to place those inept on a pedestal above those you overlook? Why not sing the praises of children who warrant praise, rather than collect under your dim lens the filmy residues of dying culture? All the while culture is trying to be born. You've given up because it's easy. You see the grease on the glass, but not through the window, and you do so without any move to clean the glass. You haven't even bothered to squint.

  16. Liam mitchell

    this is lovely

  17. robert wesex

    I love the music of the Carter family. I could listen to it for hours.

    Jeremy Marshall

    That is very patronizing to Sara and her vocals, and the genius guitar playing of Maybelle. Not A.P.'s "girls" at all, they were collaborators and partners.

    robert wesex

    @Jeremy Marshall Well gollllly, you learn something new every day! thank you. Perhaps I need to watch their biographies to be properly informed. NO OFFENCE, have a nice day.

  18. Leahs Austins

    good song.. good lyrics

  19. pradeep senaratne

    love it

  20. Lowell Thomas, Jr.

    This song reminds me of my paternal Granny !

  21. Lisa hazelwood

    I love this song it is beautiful

  22. christina1276

    awesome,love it....

  23. Christopher Sparkes

    Awesome.

  24. Bill Burks

    I'M GOING TO TAKE A TRIP ON THE OLD GOSPEL SHIP,  I'M GOING FAR BEYOND THE SKY.....

  25. Gaucho Le Gaucher Droitier

    wow 7 biebers listened to this song ...

  26. Globe2219

    Greetings!  This is one of their ARC recordings; I have it on a beat-up PERFECT label disc.

  27. Awesomeness Records



     YOU'RE A REAL ASS intothehemlock1 
     
    "It falls under Hillbilly music"
    MY ASS YOU BETTER SHUT YOUR MOUTH BITCH! THE CARTER'S WERE GREAT  

    a pearson

    @James Shaw  You suck I don't care what the fuck a book says about hillbilly is  an insult to all country singers the book is full of lies if it says the carters were called hillbilly 

    63DW89A

    @James Shaw I would agree that "Hillbilly" is a term used to ID a musical genre and is not intended as an insult. However, my ear doesn't hear the Carter Family anywhere near the "Hillbilly" genre. Traditional "Hillbilly" is heavy on fiddle and banjo instrumentals. The Carters primarily used an autoharp and guitar. The unique, distinctive style of the Carter Family is hard to classify, but if pushed I would call the Carter sound "Folk Music of the highest order" due to their use of non-Hillbilly instruments and incredible collection of traditional music with Scottish, Irish, Welsh and English origins. Not saying I'm right, just tossing the thought out for discussion!

    a pearson

    I agree with you3DW89A it's folk music you are totally right at least someone gets it 

    slayer_015

    @63DW89A this is no more than appalachian gospel music. it's still sang in churches every Sunday and Wednesday here in east tennessee, south west virginia, western north carolina, and north georgia. it's not hillbilly or folk, its gospel. if you all like the Carter Family come and visit on a Sunday and you will get a real treat....God bless you all.

    63DW89A

    @iristang2 Would agree that "Southern Appalachian Gospel" is the right term for original Carter Family gospel songs, such as this superb performance of "Gospel Ship" by them. But the Carters sang much more than gospel, and those other songs are difficult to put in any genre. The Carters definitely do not sound "Hillbilly" like the Skillet Lickers or other traditional Hillbilly groups. I think the unique Carter style and sound transcend genre and classification and that very well may be why the original Carter Family has had such an immense influence and legacy across the entire music spectrum.

  28. Awesomeness Records

    love this RIP JUNE YOU SURE ARE LUCKY YOU HAVE JOHNNY 

  29. Jack Lahole

    Beautiful song!

  30. COWGIRLBABY19841

    I love it.

  31. Ryan Hulin

    4 people don't know good music when they hear it.

  32. Brad Brassman

    Dillinger.

  33. wesley hill

    You said it all. Your sentiments reflect the feelings of many others including myself. I too have such memories; memories so strong that I can almost taste them, smell them feel them, with all my senses...feelings that will be with me till the end. For that I shall always be grateful! Wes

  34. Norman FitzNicely

    Why does everyone want to label music? Who cares what pigeonhole it's put in? This is obviously at the roots of country, folk and by extension pop and rock music, but it's own roots are in gospel, both black and white, and Folk songs of the settlers from the British Isles. "Genre" means nothing - it's just great music of its time and still speaks to us, even if we have no belief in gods or "heaven".

  35. Douglas Hill

    This is a good sample of what we still call "Country Gospel" If you like this, try "The Chuch Wagon Gang" Their names are also Carter, a different family from Texas, same time period, They've changed family members thru the years, but still performing, and recording.

    Ken George

    Actually, both Carter families are kin, though distant. The Chuck Wagon Game patriarch was from eastern KY; moved to Texas later. That's the info I've come across.

    Ken George

    The Chuck Wagon Gang originated in East Kentucky Mountains, AND as I understand it, they were related to the Virginia Carters.

  36. glnelson1956

    Probably best to call the Carter Family, "The roots of Roots music". When the Carters first began recording in 1927, there was no such thing as "Country, Bluegrass, Rock, Pop, etc", and "folk" was just beginning to be called by that name. All those genres came long after the original Carter Family ceased recording around 1943 or so.

    Seach YT for "Carter Family, The Storms Are On The Ocean, Bristol sessions 1927" for an inkling of how the Carters have profoundly rooted American music.

    Ken George

    I believe American "Roots" music comes from our ancestors in Ireland, Scotland, England, and Wales. Cajun music came from France via Canada.

  37. ELVIS4221

    THIS IS "SO" ONE OF MY FAV SONGS EVER. SO MANY HAVE RECORDED LEGENDARY PERFORMANCES OF IT. JOANIE BAEZ AND THIS ANGEL BAND

  38. Yadira Sesmas

    Yeah. I actually learned this is my History of Rock N Roll class. ;P

  39. Brad Brassman

    Good question. I guess Gospel maybe? With a folk leaning, which was to become Country perhaps?

    Ken George

    I believe "Folk" music comes from where it says it does. Just plain "folks".

  40. Yadira Sesmas

    Just wondering. what genre does this fall under? Folk? Country?
    Wow. Its beautiful though. real simple but real pretty. Reminds me of simple times.

  41. bristol news

    i can remember when my grand ma ma and grand pa pa would play this song on the victrola. what a party we would have. we would drink moonshine till the break of dawn and many of the locals would join in we would dance and have so much fun. you new when the party was over when everybody was drunk and dancing on the barn roof naked.

    Melinda Payne

    OK!!!! LOL...I WAS BORN IN RAISED IN THE 70'S & 80'S BUT I ALWAYS HEARD GOOD STORIES ALMOST LIKE THIS FROM FAMILY LIVING IN THE MOUNTAINS OF VIRGINIA BACK IN THEM GOOD OLD DAYS....GOOD TIMES 4 REAL!! I'M HAPPY TO SAY ALL MY LUV ONES WE'RE GOOD CHRISTIAN PPL TOO ALL THRU THE FAMILY HISTORY!!! 🙂👍👍❤❤❤

  42. elvis presley

    This is the real stuff

  43. eeeshish

    thanks

  44. elvis presley

    wow this the real deal you can just hear the sincerity in their voices just authentic as gangsta rap and a lot safer

  45. Matt Hibbard

    that first line resembles a line dylan wrote in mr tambourine man i think haha

    zymelin21

    mr zimmermann ripped off everything he could, told everybody that he wrote it, and cashed in the money. my oldest guitarcase has "dylan is a ....." written on it - and I will defend that anytime - whether mr zimmermann is a nobel-prize winner or not!!

  46. 56bluegold

    Beautiful !

  47. elvis presley

    incredible so soulful

  48. Creating Ariana

    One of the first songs i learned to sing at church ^^ <3

  49. Globe2219

    Greetings! This must be one of their ARC recordings.

  50. eagleas1

    Thank you, as I listen, I can hear/see, my mother and granny, on the front porch singing at their regular music gatherings,Southern ice tea,banana pudding, and for sure fried chicken, okra,butter beans,tomatoes,and black eyed peas, on tables under the big chinaberry tree in the front yard. My oh my we were dirt poor , but rich in spirit.The Carter Family was a favorite,"Gospil- Ship" Oh yes, "Will The Circle Be Unbroken"! Every one got in on that .They are all gone now,yet they remain.

  51. DXSWADD

    Amazing song. Thanks for posting it...!