Monday, April 21, 2014

African American Examples Of The Bluegrass Gospel Song "Build Me A Cabin In Glory"

Edited by Azizi Powell

This post features four African American performances of the Bluegrass Gospel song "Build Me A Cabin In Glory" (also known as "Lord, Build Me A Cabin In The Corner Of Gloryland", "Build Me A Cabin", and similar titles.) These renditions are presented to showcase different interpretations of the same song.

The lyrics to this song are also included in this post.

The content of this post are presented for religious, cultural, and aesthetic purposes.

All copyrights remain with their owners.

Thanks to Curtis Stewart for composing this Gospel song. Thanks to all the vocalists and musicians who are featured in these sound files & videos. Thanks also to those who are quoted in this post, and thanks to these sound files & videos' producers and their publishers on YouTube.

(written by Curtis Stewart)

1. Many years I've been looking for a place to call home,
But I've failed here to find it, so I must travel on;
I don't care for fine mansions on earth's sinking sand,
Lord, build me a cabin in the corner of glory land.

Yes, build me just a cabin in the corner of glory land,
In the shade of the tree of life that it may ever stand;
Where I can just hear the angels sing, and shake Jesus' hand.
Lord, build me a cabin in the corner of glory land.

2. Blessed Lord, I'm not asking to live in the midst,
For I know I'm not worthy of such splendor as this,
But I'm asking for mercy while humbly I stand,
Lord, build me a cabin in the corner of glory land.


3. I have many dear loved ones who have gone on this way,
On that great final morning, shall I hear them all say,
Come and join in our singing and play in our band?
Lord, build me a cabin in the corner of glory land.


These examples are presented in chronological order with the oldest dated example given first.

Example 1: Rev. Joe L. Hill - Build Me A Cabin

Herbert Dennard, Uploaded on Feb 16, 2008

Example #2: Mighty Clouds Of Joy - Build Me A Cabin In Glory

revscott06, Uploaded on Aug 12, 2011

Tampa, Florida

Example #3: Lord, Build Me A Cabin In Glory Charley Pride YouTube

churchcowboy, Published on Apr 23, 2012

Example #4: GloryLand.mp4

Ella Williams, Published on Jun 16, 2012

This song was written by Curtis Stewart.
Pastor McGill & Brother John L. Lewis made the Church rock with, "Lord, build me a cabin in the corner of Glory Land!

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  1. I am trying to get my late grandfather recognized by the Alabama Music Hall of Fame. His songs were recorded by people like Hank Williams and Bill Monroe. Please, sign our petition.

    We have a page at

    1. Heath Stewart, thanks for sharing that information with us at pancocojams.

      I signed your petition and hope that others here also do so. because your late grandfather Curtis Stewart very much deserves to be added to the Alabama Music Hall of Fame because of the over 200 Gospel songs he composed. Of particular mention in that list of song is "Lord, Build Me A Cabin In Glory."

      Here are the hyperlinks to that petition and your Facebook page:

      Please let us know when your grandfather is added to that Hall of Fame.