Bye and bye

1906© Music and Lyrics by Charles Albert Tindley

Charles Albert Tindley * near Berlin, Md Jul 7, 1851
† Philadelphia, PA Jul 26, 1933

He was born a slave and became “the Father of Gospel Music”
The actual title of this song is: We’ll understand it better bye and bye.

Charles Albert Tindley is one of the earliest and most influential writers of gospel music. His two most popular songs are “I’ll Overcome Someday” (which is popularly know as “We Shall Overcome”, the anthem for the civil rights movement) and “Stand By Me.” “Stand By Me” became a national hit when Ben E. King and the Drifters sang their version during the 1960’s.
Charles Tindley was born in Berlin, Md. As a child, he never received any formal schooling. In fact, he taught himself to read and write. He married Daisy Henry around the age of seventeen then moved to Philadelphia to make a better life for both of them. In Philadelphia, Tindley worked as a hod carrier and a sexton in John Wesley Methodist Episcopal Church. He wanted to become a minister but lacked a formal education. How could he earn enough money to take care of his family and get an education? Tindley took correspondence classes so that he could keep his job and support his family. The classes he took enabled him to pass his examination to become a minister. Afterwards, he pastored congregations in New Jersey and Delaware. In Wilmington, Delaware, Tindley was appointed elder of the Wilmington District. Then a wonderful thing happened! Tindley was asked to become the minister of the church he had been a sexton when he first moved to Philadelphia! He accepted becoming the new minister of Bainbridge St. Methodist Church, as the church was now called. Starting with 200 members, Tindley used his intellectual ability, eloquence, and spiritual singing to amass a congregation of over ten-thousand members. During this time he worked for civil rights, took care of Philadephia’s poor and disadvantaged and wrote over forty-five hymns.
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Lyrics:
Intro
We are tossed and driven
on the restless sea of time;
Somber skies and howling tempests
oft succeed a bright sunshine;
In that land of perfect day,
when the mists have rolled away,
We will understand it better by and by.

Chorus:
Bye and bye, when the morning comes,
When the saints of God are gathered home,
We will tell the story how we’ve overcome,
For we’ll understand it better by and by.

Verse:
We are often destitute
of the things that life demands,
Want of food and want of shelter,
thirsty hills and barren lands;
We are trusting in the Lord,
and according to God’s Word,
We will understand it better by and by.

Chorus:

Verse:
Trials dark on every hand,
and we cannot understand
All the ways that God could lead us
to that blessed promised land;
But He guides us with His eye,
and we’ll follow till we die,
For we’ll understand it better by and by.

Chorus:

Lyrics:
Well it’s A for the ark, it was a wonderful boat
Build it on the land, you’ll get water there to float
And B for the beast at the ending of the wood
We will understand it better bye and bye

Children, it’s bye and bye
Better bye and bye
We will understand it better bye and bye
Children, it’s bye and bye
Better bye and bye
We will understand it better bye and bye

One of these these mornings, coming bright and soon
Will the veil of the temple be torn in two, will it be made whole again
And when we get in heaven, gonna understand it then
We don’t understand it better bye and bye

[chorus]

Well this old world is not my home
Got to see that city has been built by God
And Jesus remembers I am a fallen sinner
We will understand it better bye and bye

[chorus]
We will understand it better bye and bye
We will understand it better bye and bye