Appalachia Music

Just Going Home

Photo of Pap courtesy of Ed M

Photo of Pap courtesy of Ed M.

Sometimes it seems like I have a string of aggravations all in one week. Not real troubles just frustrations like having the heel come off my favorite pair of sandals at work, breaking not one but 2 pint jars along with the glass out of a picture frame, dealing with Pre-Calculus midterm drama, and trying to fit the whole Blind Pig office operation into a much smaller space-like a 6ft by 3ft space. Like I said, nothing that could remotely be considered troubles and trials just enough aggravation to put me in a bad mood.

After almost 12 hours of non-stop work I set down at my new cramped office space to see what I could offer Blind Pig readers come Sunday morning. I thought “Hmmm I’ve been doing a song on Sundays maybe I could find a video we’ve uploaded to Youtube but never used.” I jumped over to the Blind Pig & the Acorn Youtube channel and right off I notice a video has been uploaded recently-like an hour ago.

Typically I upload our videos to youtube but every once in a while Paul will upload one. Pap and Paul have been working on one of Pap’s original songs Just Going Home for the last few weeks and they finally got it down pat.

Just Going Home written by Jerry Wilson

I may be bowed down with sorrow Trouble where ever I go
Yet in my heart I’ll be singing I’m traveling the road that leads home

Oh nothing could thrill my heart more than to know that my trials will be o’re
To this world my soul don’t belong In this life I’m just going home

Though I may not have great riches In this world I own no great thing
Yet at the end of my journey I’ll be rich as the greatest of kings

In this world no treasures I’ll seek I’ve lain them up where they will keep
To this world my soul don’t belong In this life I’m just going home

Oh nothing could thrill my heart more than to know that my trials will be o’re
To this world my soul don’t belong In this life I’m just going home



After I watched the ‘surprise’ video I immediately felt better. Pap has given me many many gifts, but teaching me to ALWAYS look on the sunny side of life and go about with singing in my heart is at the top of the list.


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  • Reply
    Sue Crane
    February 12, 2017 at 6:09 pm

    just as good today as it was the first posting — actually, it is a beautiful song and the two voices blend so well yet stand on their own. What wonderful memories to always have. Yeah, I shed a tear or three……..

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    Eldonna Ashley
    February 12, 2017 at 4:48 pm

    Sometimes things are funny later.
    Long ago and far away as a new bride I broke 3 glass pitchers in two days. Luckily we had received a few as wedding gifts. I don’t even think they still make them. I would enjoy having one.
    I hope things go smoother as the new week progresses. I will keep yo in prayer this week. I would have a hard time with space so tiny. I hope it works ok. Sending a hug.

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    brenda s 'okie in colorado'
    November 4, 2013 at 1:01 am

    Beautiful song. Love it!

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    Kerry in GA
    November 3, 2013 at 7:54 pm

    Very pretty song. Don’t feel bad I broke 2 drinking glasses this week. 🙂

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    November 3, 2013 at 4:53 pm

    Just read your post Tipper, between that and the wonderful video snapped me out of the funk I was in! Makes all my silly problems not seem so bad after all!

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    Dr. Foraday
    November 3, 2013 at 3:44 pm

    It takes valleys to make mountains.
    If there ain’t no rocks in the trail then you took the easy way.
    If the puzzle comes already put together where’s the challenge.
    If you look at the glass as half empty, the waitress is probably having a bad day too.
    Just see the receptionist on your way out and I’ll see you back here next week.

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    November 3, 2013 at 3:02 pm

    I have had one of those days – yesterday as a matter of fact. I enjoyed the song as I always enjoy the music on your site. Today the sun is shining and the leaves are falling telling me that the hibernation of many living things is coming.

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    November 3, 2013 at 2:58 pm

    I am so sorry you had a bad week,The Lord , said we have days like this, but put your trust and faith in him,and everything would be alright.I lived the song, and the words , we could sing right along to. Thanks for sharing and have a Blessed day. Kay

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    Ken Roper
    November 3, 2013 at 1:41 pm

    That was a beautiful song, done a
    lot like the Louvin Brothers did.
    We all have those mishaps in life,
    but just remember they will Pass.

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    November 3, 2013 at 1:27 pm

    Makes me think of a facebook friend who cleaned her refrigerator & in reloading, spilled a large jar of tomato juice in it. Seems like a cycle of trouble comes too often. Hope yours is over. The song is beautiful–& please tell Pap I think he’s handsome as a movie star in that picture.

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    b. Ruth
    November 3, 2013 at 12:37 pm

    Being true to the Lord, who you are and your family, I am sure you are going to recieve a shower of blessings real soon!
    Oh how wonderful, you will be getting a new pair of sandals next Spring! Time to put on the warm loafers for the wait!
    Next summer will be time for you to shorten your canning work load by two extra jars…Hoeing, planting, weeding, picking, breaking, washing beans and jars, sterilizing, canning…should save at least 15 minutes for two extra jars…extra time to use for you!
    Didn’t you need an open picture frame for one of those angel collages you have been intending to make? Now you have one, since glass in a frame just squashes a collage!
    Oh the “Shakespit Drawmer” of calculas! Enjoy it now for the fun of it, because you know in your work and lifetime you will never use it again! It’s a college thang!..You weren’t going to be a math teacher anyhow were you!
    Please, oh please, teach us how to get our/my antiquated computer and books, paper and junk in a 3 by 6 foot space. That is pure genius…Oh girl you got it!
    Loved the song and music and Pap and Paul…
    Oh Happy Day….I am late, we are going to the Chili Cookoff at the park and it takes me forever to get dressed…even with just jeans, and a warm coat…!
    …and warm loafers! lol
    Thanks Tipper,
    Now then, what type of sandals are you picking out for next year…the Spring catalogs will be here before Christmas…LOL

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    November 3, 2013 at 12:18 pm

    You and I, Miss Cindy and Sheryl Paul were all in the same club this week!Anything that could have gone wrong this week DID go wrong!Pap and Paul’d song was just the kick I needed to get me back on the sunny side! Thanks for sharing, I now am singing in my heart thanks to the PB gang!

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    November 3, 2013 at 12:07 pm

    Well, I feel better too – and I was OK to start with!

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    Phyllis S
    November 3, 2013 at 11:42 am

    Oh, the power of music.
    Loved “Just Going Home”.

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    Susie Swanson
    November 3, 2013 at 11:10 am

    Just in case my last comment disappered, great post i love your family’s singing and appreciate your wonderful posts.

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    Susie Swanson
    November 3, 2013 at 11:07 am

    Beautiful song and beautiful singing. this made my Sunday. thanks for sharing so many wonderful posts. we all appreciate you so much. I already knew you were a very busy lady.

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    November 3, 2013 at 10:21 am

    P.S. – Ed got a fantastic photo of Pap!! – The colors; – the backlight; -and something about the slight shading of the cap on his face implies a certain amount of modesty while the straightforward look and the easy hold of the guitar hints at a comfortable confidence in his own skin. Nice image.

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    Ken Ryan
    November 3, 2013 at 10:14 am

    I’ve had a great week! The air here in East Texas is finally dry and cool, and the leaves are starting to turn. Festivals are going on around the area with lots of music to be played. I love this time of the year. And I also love the new song! Can they really remember the lyrics to all those songs wihtout the words in front of them? Some folks just have a knack for that.

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    November 3, 2013 at 10:11 am

    As I listened to the lovely song and read your post and your readers’ responses, the following saying kept running through my head:
    With enough pressure and heat, a piece of coal becomes a diamond.
    Sounds like there are lots of diamonds out there.
    After years of droughts and wildfires, we’ve had an abundance of blessed rain. We’ve been lucky – we only have washed out roads. Folks just 60 miles south have been dealing with death and devastation from the floods.
    Here, we aren’t complaining too much about the rain. There should be plenty of moisture in the soil for the winter wheat.
    For now we still have one vehicle (the little trucklet) that can make it out through the pasture; but with more rain predicted we may be pulling ourselves up to the county road along the fence line. Won’t that be a sight!!
    In the meantime, my 66 year old husband and my 93 year old father think they have to do all the repair work themselves. I’m grateful they are both able to do it – just wish they’d pace themselves a bit more. – – guess I’m fulfilling the requirements of my job a “worrier” in this family!
    I hope your coming weeks just get better. (-and, yes, – I’ll ‘worry’ about all of y’all too.)

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    Jane Bolden
    November 3, 2013 at 9:45 am

    Loved the song! Enjoyed seeing the words while they sang. I was having a bad day or so I thought last week when my 92 year old fell and broke her hip. She had cooked supper the night before. Be your to be thankful for your many blessings and be thankful for your health.

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    Sue Crane
    November 3, 2013 at 9:35 am

    I have to say that your “songs for Sunday” do help sweep all those aggravations and frustrations away! Love them!!

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    Lola Howard
    November 3, 2013 at 9:35 am

    What a great song,I always look forward to hear them singing when I get on here.That is the best gift you can give anyone.
    May God Bless this week double for the trouble you had last week.

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    November 3, 2013 at 9:33 am

    This feeling must be going around. My week has consisted of everything from the tragic to totally embarrassing.
    I have made a special effort to teach my Grandson money responsibility. Yesterday he loaded my cart down with toys, and I didn’t even notice this until check-out. He has already slid a bunch through while I was choosing an impulse item on the rack. I appear like some half-crazed doddering ole lady trying to explain to the clerk how all those toys got in my cart. She has no sense of humor, and the line behind me is not smiling.
    Thank God for parents like Pap and my Dad who taught me to “pull up those bootstraps.”
    Beautiful song!

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    Wanda in NoAla
    November 3, 2013 at 9:22 am

    So beautiful! Thanks for sharing.

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    Gina S
    November 3, 2013 at 8:45 am

    I’m sitting here thankful for the joy of hearing this song and for the bright sunshine streaming through my windows. Trying days or weeks can sap the joy from my soul. I’m not always successful, but usually try to find at least one thing for which to be thankful. Right now? I’m gonna play my fave ‘Always on the Sunnyside.’

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    November 3, 2013 at 8:14 am

    That song is great Tipper. It is my belief that only a person with genuine feelings could pen a song of that caliber. I know how proud you must be of your Daddy.
    As for things happening that try the patience, my Momma used to say when speaking of such things, “The old Devil has been after me all week!” This kid I used to know said once when everything seemed to be going wrong, “I wouldn’t be so paranoid if everybody and everything wasn’t out to get me!”

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    Eva Nell Mull Wike, Ph.D.
    November 3, 2013 at 7:38 am

    Tipper: The fellows HAVE IT DOWN PAT! They do a great job singing and playing any song they choose. Perfect beginning of a beautiful Sunday morning.
    Eva Nell

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    Miss Cindy
    November 3, 2013 at 7:20 am

    Tipper, that is a beautiful song, Pap and Paul did a fine job singing it. Pap has the sweetest voice I’ve ever heard.
    Yes, everything about this week just seemed to push me a little. It’s just life, I guess, or the stars.
    I figure that if the stars/planets can affect the gardening and canning they can probably affect me to so just get on with it. My mother used to say “this to shall pass” and it always does!

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    November 3, 2013 at 7:07 am

    Must be catching, our daughter had a very bad week/day with seizures off and on all day Saturday, went outside only long enough to feed the dog and go get us a bite to eat, she has only slept thru the night maybe 2 out of the last 7 days been a bad week, maybe this week will be better.. Love the song puts things in perspective…want be no more bad days/weeks one day…

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    Sheryl Paul
    November 3, 2013 at 6:45 am

    This past week has been trying for me too. I’ve locked my keys in the car twice, of course they sent the same grouchy person to unlock it both times. Completely missed one meeting and was late for the next. Let us hope the stars have moved enough to make this week more pleasant.

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    Dan O'Connor
    November 3, 2013 at 6:30 am

    Thanks for the post. I don’t know if it is because misery likes company (for some reason it has benn a challenging time for my family too) or your wonderful way of bringing out the good in life. You always make me smile!
    Thank you for your time, your creativity and you perseverence to be here for me every day.

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    Ken Kuhlmann
    November 3, 2013 at 6:20 am

    I know what you mean about having one of those days/weeks that all of the little things seem to get to you.
    I have found after 62 years of living that the best thing to do is to sit down relax and start the day/week over. You will be surprised at how well this works.

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