About the song

If you are a fan of classic country and gospel music, you might be familiar with the song “This World Is Not My Home” by Jim Reeves. This song was released in 1962 as part of the album “We Thank Thee”, which was a collection of religious songs that Reeves recorded in his signature smooth style. The song speaks of the Christian belief in the afterlife and the belief that this world is only a temporary home. It talks about a longing for a better place and a desire to reunite with loved ones who have passed away.

But did you know that this song has a long and interesting history that dates back to the early 20th century? The song was originally written by Albert E. Brumley, a prolific gospel songwriter who also composed “I’ll Fly Away” and “Turn Your Radio On”. Brumley wrote the song in 1919 under the title “I Can’t Feel At Home”, inspired by a line from a secular ballad called “The Wreck of the Old 97”. He later changed the title to “This World Is Not My Home” and published it in 1937.

The song was first recorded in 1924 by Stovepipe No.1 (Sam Jones) as “Lord, Don’t You Know, I Have No Friend Like You”. It was also recorded by various artists such as the Kentucky Thorobreds, the Carter Family, Roy Acuff, Bill Monroe, and Elvis Presley. However, none of these versions achieved much popularity or commercial success.

The song became widely known when Jim Reeves recorded it in 1962. Reeves was one of the most popular country singers of his time, known for his smooth voice and his crossover appeal to pop audiences. He had a string of hits such as “He’ll Have to Go”, “Four Walls”, and “Welcome to My World”. He also had a strong interest in gospel music and recorded several albums of religious songs.

Reeves’ version of “This World Is Not My Home” was produced by Chet Atkins, who added a lush orchestral arrangement and a backing chorus to enhance the song’s emotional impact. Reeves’ voice blended perfectly with the music, creating a soothing and uplifting effect. The song was well received by both critics and fans, and it reached #22 on the UK charts in 1965.

Sadly, Reeves died in a plane crash in 1964, cutting short his brilliant career. He was posthumously elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1967 and the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame in 1998. His songs have been covered by many artists over the years, and he is widely regarded as one of the greatest country singers of all time.

“This World Is Not My Home” is one of his most memorable songs, and it reflects his faith and his hope for a better world. It is a song that can comfort and inspire anyone who feels like they don’t belong in this world or who misses someone who has gone before them. It is a song that reminds us that we are not alone, and that we have a friend in Jesus who will welcome us to our eternal home.

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Lyrics

This world is not my home
I’m just a-passing through
My treasures are laid up
Somewhere beyond the blue
The angels beckon me
From heaven’s open door
And I can’t feel at home
In this world anymore
Oh Lord, you know
I have no friend like you
If heaven’s not my home
Then Lord, what will I do?
The angels beckon me
From heaven’s open door
And I can’t feel at home
In this world anymore
I have a loving mother
Just up in Gloryland
And I don’t expect to stop
Until I shake her hand
She’s waiting now for me
In heaven’s open door
And I can’t feel at home
In this world anymore
Oh Lord, you know
I have no friend like you
If heaven’s not my home
Then Lord, what will I do?
The angels beckon me
From heaven’s open door
And I can’t feel at home
In this world anymore
Just over in Gloryland
We’ll live eternally
The saints on every hand
Are shouting victory
Their songs of sweetest praise
Drift back from heaven’s shore
And I can’t feel at home
In this world anymore
Oh Lord, you know
I have no friend like you
If heaven’s not my home
Then Lord, what will I do?
The angels beckon me
From heaven’s open door
And I can’t feel at home In this world any more