“The Road to Heaven”


"The road to heaven by Christ was made, With heavenly truth the rails are laid, From earth to heaven the line extends... I'm going home to die no more." The Christian life is compared to a railway: "The Bible is the engineer," "God's love the fire," etc.


  • NLScotland, L.C.Fol.178.A.2(024), "The Spiritual Railway" ("The line to Heaven by Christ was made"), James Lindsay (Glasgow), c. 1855.


  • Blue Ridge Gospel Singers (Buell Kazee, Lester O'Keefe, and others), "I'm Going Home to Die No More" (Brunswick 152, 1927)


  1. Cohen-LSRail, pp. 605-610, "I'm Going Home to Die No More/The Railway Spiritualized" (2 texts plus 2 broadside prints, 1 tune)
  2. Belden, p. 468, "The Railroad to Heaven" (1 text)
  3. Randolph 600, "The Road to Heaven" (1 text)
  4. Roud #7940
  5. BI, R600


Alternate titles: “The Spiritual Railroad”
Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1854 (Chamber's Journal, according to Cohen)
Found in: US(So)