Life’s Railway to Heaven – Trumpet Hymn

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Life’s Railway to Heaven – “El Paso”

M. E. Abbey, Charles D. Tillman
Eddie Lewis Trumpet

This week’s trumpet hymn is a bit off the beaten path as far as hymns go. It stood out to me because of the railway theme AND the hymn’s nickname “El Paso”. I was born in El Paso. I have no idea why the tune is referred to by this name, but yeah, that’s what made it stand out to me.

The lyrics are an allegory, taking railroad terms and applying them to our walks as Christians. Much of it won’t make sense to anyone who knows nothing about trains, but it’s still an interesting read.

Full Text of the Hymn

  1. Life is like a mountain railway,
    With an engineer that’s brave;
    We must make the run successful,
    From the cradle to the grave;
    Watch the curves, the fills, the tunnels;
    Never falter, never fail;
    Keep your hands upon the throttle,
    And your eyes upon the rail.
    • Refrain:
      Blessed Savior, Thou wilt guide us,
      Till we reach that blissful shore,
      Where the angels wait to join us
      In Thy praise forevermore.
  2. You will roll up grades of trial;
    You will cross the bridge of strife;
    See that Christ is your conductor
    On this lightning train of life;
    Always mindful of obstruction,
    Do your duty, never fail;
    Keep your hands upon the throttle,
    And your eyes upon the rail.
  3. You will often find obstructions,
    Look for storms and wind and rain;
    On a fill, or curve, or trestle
    They will almost ditch your train;
    Put your trust alone in Jesus,
    Never falter, never fail;
    Keep your hands upon the throttle,
    And your eyes upon the rail.
  4. As you roll across the trestle,
    Spanning Jordan’s swelling tide,
    You behold the Union Depot
    Into which your train will glide;
    There you’ll meet the Sup’rintendent,
    God the Father, God the Son,
    With the hearty, joyous plaudit,
    “Weary Pilgrim, welcome home.”

I’ve been getting most of my hymn information from TimelessTruths.org. You can read more about this hymn by clicking HERE.

Last Week’s Hymn – In the Bleak Midwinter

Last week’s hymn was In the Bleak Midwinter. If you missed it, you can click the heading above.

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