Song Story: Where Could I Go But To the Lord

Where Could I Go, But to the Lord was written in 1940 by James Buchanan {also known as J.B.} Coats.

James Buchanan Coats

Mr. Coats was born on April 6, 1901 in Summerland, Mississippi. By the time he was fourteen, he was teaching music classes and leading evangelistic singings.

The inspiration for the song came years earlier when Mr. Coats was sitting beside a dying neighbor, an old African-American man, Joe Keyes.

Mr. Coats asked Mr. Keyes if he knew where he would spend eternity.

The old gentleman said, “Where could I go but to the Lord?”

Fast forward to years later, and Mr. Coats, while teaching at a singing school, Mr. Coats wrote the song.

The question reminds us that whether we are riddled with problems, facing a beautiful day, or making our final journey home, there is no where else to turn except to the Lord.

J. B. Coats wrote numerous songs including A Wonderful Place, I’m Winging My Way Back Home, Where there is Love and Tomorrow May Mean Goodbye.

He died on December 15, 1961.

 

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