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'How Far is Heaven' is Still a Kitty Wells Classic

Though Kitty Wells career really kicked off with her first number one hit in 1952, "It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels," "How Far is Heaven" remains a timeless classic.

The country song was written by politician and songwriter Jimmie Davis and Tillman Franks, a bassist and songwriter for Webb Pierce, Johnny Horton and more,  and tells the sweet story of a little girl longing to see her late father again. She wonders how far away heaven will be and when she'll get to go visit. 

The thought of seeing our loved ones again when we die is reassuring for those in mourning and a frequent theme in country songs, from Steve Wariner's "Holes in the Floor of Heaven" to Brad Paisley and Dolly Parton's "When I Get Where I'm Going."

This song may have peaked at No. 11 on the country charts, but it remains one of Wells' greatest hits because of its relatable message.

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"How Far Is Heaven" Lyrics:

How far is heaven, let's go tonight

I want my daddy to hold me tight.

A little girl was waiting for her daddy one day

It was time to meet him, when she heard her mommy say

Come to mama, darling, please do not cry

Daddy's gone to heaven, way up in the sky.

How far is Heaven, when can I go

To see my daddy, he's there, I know

How far is Heaven, let's go tonight

I want my daddy to hold me tight

He was called so suddenly and could not say goodbye

I know that he's in heaven, we'll meet him by and by

The little girl trembled, her tears she could not hide

She looked up towards heaven and then she replied.

How far is Heaven, when can I go

To see my daddy, he's there, I know

How far is Heaven, let's go tonight

I want my daddy to hold me tight

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'How Far is Heaven' is Still a Kitty Wells Classic