Forgotten Verses #7: Till The Storm Passes By

The Statesmen introduced many of Mosie Lister’s great songs. The Statesmen’s timeless arrangements have been emulated by so many of the groups that have recorded those songs since that the Statesmen arrangement practically defines how we know these songs today.

An excellent case in point is “Till The Storm Passes By.” Mosie Lister originally wrote three verses; notable versions by the Statesmen and Greater Vision only used the first two. Here’s the third verse:

When the long night has ended and the storms come no more,
Let me stand in Thy presence on the bright peaceful shore;
In that land where the tempest, never comes, Lord, may I
Dwell with Thee when the storm passes by.

A distinct majority of arrangements through the years follow these groups’ leads. This third verse, however, did make an appearance at a Gaither Homecoming taping a few years ago:

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  1. Our choir at church has always sung all three verses.

    • When I pen these columns, in this particular context, I’m thinking more of Southern Gospel recorded arrangements and less of how the song’s sung in churches. “Forgotten” here sometimes means “forgotten entirely,” but more often means “forgotten in the recording studio”! 🙂

      • Some might shy away from recording all three verses due to length. At the pace most people sing it, three verses would take a little while. And the verses normally recorded are so good, they may not want to replace one of them.

      • Yeah, but a verse can hardly be “forgotten” when everybody already knows it.

  2. I have “always” been familiar with that verse.

    • Me too. I actually have the Statesmen’s “Get Away Jordan” LP referenced by Daniel. Love it still!

  3. Here’s an added verse written by a friend’s Grandpa during a severe thunderstorm many years ago in Illinois. While lightning was flashing, and a tornado warning was issued, he got to thinking about not only the physical storm, but about that day when the Rapture will take place, and he penned the following:

    There’s a dark storm approaching, you can hear the thunder roll
    You can see the lightning flashing, bringing fear to the soul
    But the saints will all be raptured, when they hear that midnight cry
    And we’ll be safe when that storm passes by.

    • Are you certain “Till The Story Passes By” is on the 1959 Statesmen LP, “Get Away Jordan”? I don’t think the Statesmen recorded it until 1972 on their “They That Sow” album.

      I think the version you are thinking about was on a compilation titled “Get Away Jordan” released in the late 1970s.

      • Oops! Good catch. I’ll edit accordingly. I have both, I think, and I must have mixed them up.