Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Nine Examples Of The Gospel Song "We've Come This Far By Faith" (with lyrics)

Edited by Azizi Powell

This post showcases the Gospel song "We've Come This Far By Faith". Nine YouTube sound file and video examples of this song are featured in this post along with the lyrics of this song.

The content of this post is presented for religious and aesthetic purposes.

All copyrights remain with their owners.

Thanks to Albert A. Goodson, the composer of this song. Thanks also to all of the featured vocalists and musicians for their performances. Thanks also all those quoted in this post and thanks to the publishers of these videos on YouTube.

(Albert A. Goodson, 1963)

We've come this far by faith
Leaning on the LORD
Trusting in His Holy Word
He never failed me yet
Oh' can't turn around
We've come this far by faith



Don't be discouraged
When troubles in your life
He will bear your burdens oh
And remove all misery and strife
And that's why


Oh' can't turn around
We've come this far by faith

Lyrics found at
Third verse:
Just the other day
I heard a man say
He didn't believe in God's word
But I can truly say *
That God has made a way
He never failed me yet.
I learned this song with the lines
"But I can say
The Lord has made a way"...

These examples are posted in chronological order according to their publication date on YouTube, with the oldest examples presented first.

Example #1: Emery Briscoe & Contee L.V. Gospel Chorus - processional

cesttresvrai, Uploaded on Sep 14, 2008

Grandparents' Day at Contee A.M.E Zion Church. Song: we've come this far by faith. Emery Briscoe, music director, pianist. Edmond Saint-Jean, organist. Matthew Whittaker, keyboardist. Jamia Furbush, drums. Courtesy of Edmond Saint-Jean & Musicalway Video Ministry. 09-14-2008
"We've Come This Far By Faith" was a popular song to sing when choirs (and others) marched into the church sanctuary (church processionals). Unfortunately, church processionals are rarely done anymore.

Example #2: Donnie McClurkin sings" We Come This far by Faith"

Herbert Dennard, Uploaded on Nov 13, 2008

Example #3: Voices of Hope singing "We"ve Come This Far By Faith"

gospellin Uploaded on Apr 13, 2009

Wonderful choir from Los Angeles under the direction of Thurston Frazier
gospellin, 2009
"A very young Billy his picture is on the cover and he had to be around 8 years old
"Billy" refers to Gospel/R&B singer & pianist Billy Preston.
Percy Spencer, 2009
"If I am not nistaken he was older. In either '56 or '58 he did a movie with Nat King Cole and others. He was 11 then So he may have been a teenager when this was recorded. He also played for James Cleveland on the first two albums with the Angelic Choir"
gospellin, 2010
"the lp was released in 1961"
"Lp" = vinyl album
Phil Jackson, 2010
"Thurston Frazier was a very talented musician, director and organizer. He had such an influence on Gospel Music along with Gwen Lightner, Doris Akers and many others. There is something to learn from these songs.They were sung out of experience and total dependence on God..something that seems missing in many of today''s Gospel music songs. The organ and piano on the two albums done by this choir are perhaps the best you will ever hear."
dallaskenn , 2012
"Thurston Frazier also collaborated with James Cleveland in co-writing some of James' best songs."
BrownPrettyGirly, 2010
"This Choir did an awesome job singing this song. It was sang the "old school" way. Good job!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"
Renne De Lorean, 2012
"That is my good friend Albert Goodson on the Hammond Organ, he wrote "We've Come This Far By Faith" and Gwendolyn Lightner on the Piano - (Little) Billy Preston would also play the organ - on this album there are two (2) selecctions written by Doris Akers. God bless you as you listen."

Example #4: We Have Come this Far by Faith

Javet707's channel, Uploaded on Sep 18, 2009

Central Church of God Choir - Charlotte, NC
Johanna Roberts, 2013
"You don't hear songs like these anymore. Thanks for the post!!!"

Example #5: "We've Come This Far By Faith"- Mighty Clouds of Joy

Rowoches, Uploaded on Nov 1, 2010

The early days of the Mighty Clouds of Joy. From their PEACOCK album, FAMILY CIRCLE. Joe Ligon, lead.

Example #6: Christ Missionary Baptist Church Delray "We've Come This Far By Faith" 2/6/11 [church processional]

ChristMBCDelray, Uploaded on Apr 1, 2011

Christ Missionary Baptist Church Choir "We've Come This Far By Faith "Processional 2/6/11 Delray Beach Florida. Pastor Matthew Mitchell. Soloist Kendlynn Williams. Performed as part of our Black History Month Celebration..
Videography: Willie Jenkins

Example #7: Rev Milton Biggham We've Come This Far By Faith Gospel Legends Volume 3 soloist

Diane McGrier, Published on Mar 13, 2016

Example #8: We've Come This Far By Faith

Bible Way Baptist Church, Published on Nov 3, 2011

New Project 6

Example #9: Carlton Pearson, We've Come This Far By Faith

Tracy A. Willis, Published on Aug 5, 2015

Carlton Pearson appeared during Aretha Franklin's concert at Microsoft Theater, Los Angeles. August 2, 2015
This video replaces another video entitled "We've Come This Far By Faith (VHS) - Bishop Carlton Pearson," Live At AZUSA4" that was published by pannellctp in 2012. Here's the summary of that video: w
"We've Come This Far By Faith

Although this powerful gospel concert -- recorded in April 2001 -- is billed as a choir project featuring the intensely spirit-filled [Billy] Pearson, there's an unbilled sweet surprise for those who listen down a few tracks. "(I'll Say) Yes, Lord, Yes/Have Thine Own Way" and "I Won't Be Back (Sweepin' Through the City)" are led by First Lady of Gospel Music Shirley Caesar. The first is a fiery duet with Pearson, highlighted by Caesar doing increasingly wild call and responses with the choir. The second is a crazy toe-tapper, with both Caesar and the choir making percussive vocal statements above the rolling organ. The choir functions as an echo for Caesar's guttural reach. Aside from those tracks, the show succeeds because it draws upon classic gospel tunes that are not tired and overplayed, like "Workin' on a Building/Jesus Is Real to Me" and the passionate ballad "It Took a Miracle." Vocalist LaShun Page is a definite solo vocal find, giving the finale, "Is Your All on the Altar?," a powerful thrust. The numerous spoken word passages/introductions, which were no doubt inspirational onstage but interfere with the musical enjoyment off, are the only drawback for the home listener. ~ Jonathan Widran
Here's information about "Azusa" from
"The Azusa Street Revival was a historic Pentecostal revival meeting that took place in Los Angeles, California and is the origin of the Pentecostal movement.[1] It was led by William J. Seymour, an African American preacher. It began with a meeting on April 9, 1906, and continued until roughly 1915. The revival was characterized by ecstatic spiritual experiences accompanied by miracles, dramatic worship services, speaking in tongues, and inter-racial mingling. The participants were criticized by the secular media and Christian theologians for behaviors considered to be outrageous and unorthodox, especially at the time. Today, the revival is considered by historians to be the primary catalyst for the spread of Pentecostalism in the 20th century."

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  1. As a white high school student at Christian High School in Cambridge, Mass in the 1960s I was blessed to have an African American music teacher (Bennie Goodwin) who had us sing this song in chapel and choir. It was a school favorite. It's been one of my go to songs of faith ever since.

    1. Thanks for sharing how you learned this song Naomi. And thanks to your music teacher for teaching it to you and your fellow students.

      "We've Come This Far By Faith" is also my "go to" song when I'm facing "trials and tribulations" and need to reinforce my faith.

  2. Hi, Azizi. Thanks so much for your coverage of my cousin, Albert Arnold Goodson's song, We've Come This Far by Faith. I was just a small girl when he wrote that song and many others. So I did not know the treasure our family had in him. If is so good to hear the different performances of his song.

    1. Greetings, Unknown.

      You're welcome and thanks for your comment.

      I agree that your family had a treasure in composer Albert Arnold Goodson. "We've Come This Far By Faith" is the kind of old school church songs that I love. It's too bad that this so doesn't appear to be sung as much nowadays.