“We Have Fathers Gone to Heaven”


"We have fathers gone to heaven, O do tell me if you know, Will those fathers know their children, When to heaven they do go?" Similarly with mothers, brothers, sisters, children ("Will those children know their parents")


This may be an expanded repetition of a single verse in "Departed Loved Ones," or that piece may be an elaboration of this. Dependence seems nearly certain -- but since this is just a set of repeated stanzas, and that one has distinct verses, they must be listed separately. - RBW

Cross references

  • cf. "Departed Loved Ones" (floating lyrics)
  • cf. "Bright Morning Stars" (theme, floating lyrics)


  1. Combs/Wilgus 318, pp. 191-192, "We Have Fathers Gone to Heaven" (1 text)
  2. Roud #4213
  3. BI, CW191A


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1967
Found in: US(Ap)