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"Go Rest High on That Mountain": Behind Vince Gill's Majestic Song

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Written and recorded by country music artist Vince Gill, "Go Rest High On That Mountain" was released in 1995 as a single from his album When Love Finds You. The "I Still Believe In You" singer started writing the song years before, after the death of country music superstar Keith Whitley in 1989.

Following the death of his older brother Bob, who died from a heart attack in 1993, Gill finally finished the song. The final recording was rounded out by background vocals by Patty Loveless and Ricky Skaggs. Listening to the song and reading the lyrics, you can tell how much passion and pain Gill put into the lyrics that focus on death and wishing those that have passed on the best when they go to God.

This eulogic ballad, which has become a popular memorial service song over the years, brought in multiple awards after its release. It was the CMA Awards song of the year in 1996 and won two Grammy Awards including Best Country Song.

Gill performed the song with Patty Loveless at the funeral of fellow country artist George Jones. The performance is incredibly moving. You can see the emotion in Gill's performance, even when Patty has to take over, so he concentrates on his guitar playing. Members of the audience are seen crying in the audience at the Grand Ole Opry performance (if we're honest, I teared up just watching the video).

'Go Rest High On That Mountain' Lyrics:

I know your life
On earth was troubled
And only you could know the pain
You weren't afraid to face the devil
You were no stranger to the rain

Go rest high on that mountain
Son, you work on earth is done
Go to heaven a shoutin'
Love for the Father and Son

Oh, how we cried the day you left us
We gathered round your grave to grieve
I wish I could see the angels faces
When they hear your sweet voice sing

Go rest high on that mountain
Son, you work on earth is done
Go to heaven a shoutin'
Love for the Father and Son

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