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As recorded by The Statler Brothers
Written, arranged and adapted by J. D. Sumner

THE OLD COUNTRY CHURCH

CAPO: 4th Fret/KEY: F#/PLAY: D
Oh! I'd [D] like to go back to that old country church
To [G] hear the songs of [D] praise (*songs of praise)
How the people would sing, it would make the rafters ring
At that old (at that old) [A7] country [D] church.

[D] Shall we gather at the river
The [A7] beautiful, beautiful [D] river
Gather with the Saints at the river
That [A7] flows by the Throne of [D] God.

[D] Oh! I'll never forget at that old country church
How the [G] Glory of The Lord came [D] down (it came down)
And the children would smile, as they shouted down the aisle
Of that old (of that old) [A7] country [D] church.

[D] In the sweet (in the sweet) by and [A7] by (by and by)
We shall meet on that beautiful [D] shore (beautiful shore)
In the sweet (in the sweet) by and [G] by (by and by)
We shall [D] meet on that [A7] beautiful [D] shore.

[D] And on Sunday I'd see, all my friends dear to me
At that [G] old (at that old) country [D] church
When it came time for prayer, everybody would be there
At that old (at that old) [A7] country [D] church.

[D] Leaning, [G] leaning (I'm leaning)
[D] safe and secure from all a-[A7] larms
[D] Leaning, [G] leaning (I'm leaning)
[D] leaning on the ever-[A7] lasting [D] arms.

[D] Now the years have gone by and so many have died
At that [G] old (at that old) country [D] church
But they're on the other shore, where they'll sing forever more
As they did at that [A7] old country [A] church.

I'm redeemed (I'm redeemed)
By love divine (by love divine)
Glory, [A7] Glory (Christ is mine)
Christ is [D] mine (Christ is mine)
All to [G] Him (All to Him)
I'm now re-[D] signed (I'm now resigned)
I have [A7] been (I have been) re-[D] deemed.

TAG: [D] At that [G] old ... [A7] country [D] church.

(*background voices)


JD SUMNER claims to have written it but he neglected to give credit 
where credit is due.....to the ORIGINAL WRITERS OF THE VERSES
HE USED..

Notes.

THE OLD COUNTRY CHURCH
   Words and music by Vaughn
SHALL WE GATHER AT THE RIVER
   Words and music by Robert Lowery
SWEET BY AND BY
   Words and music by S. Fillmore Bennett & Joseph P. Webster
LEANING ON THE EVERLASTING ARMS
   Words and music by Rev. E. A. Hoffman & A. J. Showalter
I'M REDEEMED
   Words and music by James Rowe & S. A. Ganus

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